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The first Filipino mayor in MANILA, Philippines, Englands, Cynthia Barker, has passed away at the age of 58, her brother confirmed on Tuesday.

Barker is the acting mayor of Hertsmere, a local government district and neighborhood in Hertfordshire, England.

In a Facebook post, Gene Alcantara said his sister died after a serious illness.

We will release further information in due course, but may urge you to respect family privacy at this very difficult time, Alcantara wrote.

THE WAR FOR PRESIDENT CLLR CYNTHIA ALCANTARA BARKER is extremely sad that we announce the passing of

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Your prayers for the rest of her soul however would be welcome, he added.

In 2015, Barker became the first Filipino to be elected city councilor for Elstree and Borehamwood and city councilor for Potters Bar.

She was then re-elected to Hertsmere to represent the Borehamwood Kenilworth neighborhood in May 2019, according to a profile posted on Hertsmere website.

She was then appointed mayor in June this year.

In a homage posted on the Hertsmeres website, selected members and staff expressed deep sadness on the death of Barkers.

Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this extremely sad and difficult time, and we send them our most sincere condolences. The council flag flies at half-staff outside civil offices as a sign of respect, he reads.

She was the first Philippine-born representative in the county, extremely proud of her heritage and committed to doing her utmost to protect equality and diversity for all of our communities in Hertsmere, she added.

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