Sarmiento, ex-solon, passes away

Former congressman   Angelito ‘Lito’ Sarmiento, also a former mayor of San Jose Del Monte,  suffered a heart attack while testifying  in  court in Malolos City, Bulacan.  He was rushed to the nearby Bulacan Provincial Hospital were he was pronounced dead  around   11 a.m. He was 86.

Sarmiento was at the witness stand before the sala of Judge Isidra A. Maniego of the Regional Trial Court of Bulacan—Branch 7 during the continuation of his direct testimony in connection with the civil case for damages he filed against Smartmatic-TM when he suddenly complained of dizziness.

Court interpreter Ariel Benedictos and court interpreter Ely Miclat Jr. said Sarmiento just stopped his narration and fell to the left-side of the railing guard of the witness stand.

Court Sheriff Boyet Villarente said Sarmiento regained consciousness after about a minute as other court personnel rushed to bring him a glass of water  while court aide called for an emergency ambulance.

Sarmiento again had a seizure and was immediately carried by Villarente and court  aide Jummy Pascual to the ambulance and taken to the emergency room of the BPH.

Sarmiento never regained consciousness. He is survived by his wife, Yves, and children Jude, Angelito, Jr., Jacqueline and Jolina.

Sarmiento served as congressman of the 4th   District of Bulacan from   June 30, 1992   to June 30, 2001   and Mayor of San Jose Del Monte City from 2004 to 2009 and served as Presidential Adviser for Agricultural Modernization during the Arroyo administration from 2001 to 2004.

Sarmiento filed a civil suit against Smartmatic after his own vote was not counted by the PCOs machine during the 2010 elections where he lost to Mayor Reynaldo San Pedro.

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