Cotabateños are mourning the loss of a leader.

Cotabato City Mayor Japal Guiani Jr. passed away.
Cotabato City

This was confirmed in a post at the official Facebook Page of the City Government of Cotabato.

"It is with deepest sadness that we inform our fellow Cotabateños that our beloved Mayor Japal J. Guiani, Jr. has passed away this morning.

He was hospitalised in Davao City and early this morning, he experienced cardiac arrest. As of the moment, his remains are still in Davao but the family has assured that he will be transported to Cotabato City anytime today.

Today is indeed a day for mourning for Cotabato City. We request everyone to say a little prayer for our beloved Mayor Jojo."

Mayor Guiani was 56 years old.