DR. Aileen Baviera, a leading Chinese studies expert and former dean of the University of the Philippines (UP) Asian Center, and a second employee of the House of Representatives have died from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Baviera was 60.
In a bulletin, UP Diliman said Baviera died at the San Lazaro Hospital at 3:55 a.m. yesterday.
"It is with deep sadness that we inform you that Dr. Aileen SP Baviera, Professor and former Dean of the UP Asian Center and one of the country's foremost sinologists, passed away today, March 21, 2020, 3:55 a.m., at the San Lazaro Hospital from severe pneumonia caused by Covid-19," the bulletin read.
"Our prayers and sympathies are with the family of Dean Baviera," it added.
Baviera was an expert on contemporary China studies, Asia-Pacific security, territorial and maritime disputes, as well as regional integration.
Among her published works are the books Regional Security in East Asia: Challenges to Cooperation and Community Building, and the Comprehensive Engagement: Strategic Issues in Philippine-China Relations.
The House employee was 65 years old and had medical conditions, House Secretary General Jose Luis Montales revealed yesterday.
Montales revealed the fatality had no history of travel to any country with confirmed COVID-19 case, and no known exposure to a confirmed case.
The patient last reported for work on March 4, and attended a wedding in Almanza, Cavite, on March 7.
The House employee had low grade fever and sought treatment at the St Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City on March 10.