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Negros Occidental Rep. Ignacio Arroyo (left) in a file photo with his older brother, former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo. The former passed away Wednesday.


MANILA — Negros Occidental Rep. Ignacio “Iggy” Arroyo died in a London clinic as physicians failed to revive him after he suffered a cardiac arrest Wednesday night.

He was 60.

Iggy’s older brother, former First Gentleman Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo, confirmed that the lawmaker was taken off life support at 6 p.m., Manila time.

Iggy was earlier declared “clinically dead.”

Iggy went to London late last year for treatment of a liver ailment.

He was hoping that he would come home this month.

Iggy was in his third and last term as a House member.

In a list released last year, Iggy was listed as the 18th richest congressman with a declared net worth of P137.92 million.

The flag at the House was flown at half-staff Thursday noon after the House was advised that Iggy had died.

The flag was returned to top staff after Mike Arroyo and Iggy’s chief-of-staff Edgardo “Bong” Ruado clarified to House leaders that efforts were being made to revive him.

House members had sent out their messages of condolences but took them back.

Malacañang extended its sympathies to Iggy’s family.

Iggy, in 2003 claimed he, and not his older brother Mike, owned the multi-million-peso “Jose Pidal” account exposed by Sen. Panfilo Lacson.

Last year, Iggy claimed he was the one who leased five helicopters from Lionair Inc., two of which were sold to the Philippine National Police as brand new for $700,000 in 2009, contrary to the claims of Lionair president Archibald Po that Mike Arroyo purchased and used the helicopters before selling it to the PNP.