VP Robredo's mother Sally Gerona dies

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 22) — Vice President Leni Robredo's mother, Salvacion "Sally" Gerona, passed away Saturday evening, Robredo announced. Gerona was 83. 

Robredo confirmed the news on Facebook. She said the wake will take place at 4 p.m. tomorrow, Sunday, at the Eternal Chapels and Mortuary, Eternal Gardens, Balatas Road in Naga City. She did not detail the cause of her mother's death.

"Mommy breathed her last at 7:27 tonight, February 22," she said. "Thank you to everyone who offered prayers and sent condolences."

Gerona was a teacher who served at the Universidad de Sta. Isabel in Naga, one of the oldest schools in the Philippines. She was 83 years old.

Palace condoles

Malacañang on Sunday morning sent its condolences to the Vice President.

"We wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to Vice President Ma. Leonor "Leni" Robredo for the passing of her beloved mother, Ms. Salvacion Gerona. In this time of bereft, we also offer our thoughts and sympathy to the family, relatives and friends of Ms. Gerona," Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement.

Panelo remembered Gerona's legacy as a "selfless" and "dedicated" educator.

"We understand that Sally, as she was fondly called by her loved ones, was a selfless and dedicated teacher who molded countless of young minds across generations," he said.

"We pray that the perpetual light will shine upon Ms. Gerona, and that her soul, through the mercy of God, may rest in eternal happiness and peace," Panelo added.

Robredo's collagues in the political arena also expressed their condolences.

In a tweet, Senator Panfilo Lacson shared his sentiment about the grief that comes with losing a parent.

"Losing our parents is hard because we regret every single day that we failed to spend with them when they were still alive. My deepest condolences to VP Leni Robredo for the passing of her beloved mother," Lacson said.

"Sad to know that Mrs. Sally Gerona, beloved mother of VP Leni Robredo, passed away earlier," said former senatorial bet Samira Gutoc.

Gutoc previously ran under the Otso Diretso opposition slate pitched by Robredo during the midterm elections last year.

"Rest in peace now, Ma’am Sally. Our condolences and deep symphathies to the family, relatives and friends especially to our Vice President," she added.