By J. Jala | 08:08 PM May 13, 2021
The Bureau of Corrections on Thursday said high-profile inmate Ruben Ecleo Jr., who was convicted on murder and graft charges, died that afternoon when his heart stopped.
BuCor spokesperson Gabriel Chalag in a message said Ecleo passed away at 12:20 p.m. of May 13.
Ecleo recovered from Covid-19 over a week ago, Chalag said.
Chaclag said Ecleo had other medical conditions involving his liver and kidneys. He had obstructive jaundice and chronic kidney disease secondary to obstructive uropathy.
Ecleo was arrested in Pampanga in July 2020, eight years after he was sentenced to prison for murdering his wife, who was found decomposing in a ravine in January 2002.
Ecleo is the leader of the Philippine Benevolent Missionaries Association, a Dinagat-based cult.
The former Dinagat Islands congressman was also previously convicted of graft over an allegedly anomalous construction project when he was mayor of San Jose town in Surigao del Norte from 1991 to 1994.
Meanwhile, PMBA members including the Rubenian International expressed sadness on the death of their Grand Master.
“Master Bong, maligayang paglalakbay. Po, alam ng mga PBMA members na nakasubaybay lang kayo ni Divine Master sa aming lahat. Rest in peace,” said Vina Parohinog.