Bikolano OFW awoken from 3-year comma, commits suicide after he learns Leni Robredo is VP

The family of Sander De Dios in Polangue, Albay felt hope after he awoke from a 3-year vegetative state, but not after he heard Vice President Leni Robredo’s name.

Sander, a pipeline safety officer who worked in Doha, Qatar for 17 years, suffered cardiac arrest on May 2014. The Philippine government help De Dios family to bring him back to Philippines last year.

Since July 2014, Sander has been in coma and living with the aid of oxygen and medication. His kidney malfunctioned and he had to undergo chemotherapy twice a week despite of his condition. He couldn’t talk or hear, but he can see and identify his family members.

Sander was said to have worked with the Robredo’s before he became an OFW years ago, but it was not clear what was his work and why he left Jessie – the late husband of VP Leni Robredo. His sister said Sander worked for Jessie Robredo when the latter was still single.

On Friday, June 2, a nurse who was taking care of him told his family members that Sander became responsive, and can say several words. His wife and mother rushed to visit him and they were very happy after they found out that Sander was able to talk normally.

Since Friday, although De Dios was still bed ridden, he was able to talk to his family members, until a cousin visited him.

On Monday, June 5, Sander was found breathless on his bed, with medical apparatus still connected to his body were beeping.

His cousin, who last talked to him said Sander became angry when he found out that the current Vice President is Leni Robredo – Jessie Robredo’s widow.

“Mamatay man ako, hinding-hindi ako kikilala sa kanya bilang bise president”, his last words according to his cousin. [I will not consider her a vice president even until I die]

The reason why Sander hated VP Leni is still a mystery to his family, even to his close friends.


Autopsy result says Sander had voluntarily stopped breathing. /Nikki Maliksi/
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