Philippines activist and former senator Heherson Alvarez has died after contracting the Covid19. He was 80, according to the Rappler news site.
Alvarez rose to prominence as an activist against the Ferdinand Marcos dictatorship and was among those who organised opposition to the regime from overseas, while exiling the US. He went on to serve in many roles in the government, including senator, congressman, and Cabinet member.
Alvarez’s wife, theater artist Cecile Guidote-Alvarez, has also been infected by the coronavirus.