Tupay Loong, Filipino politician, Died at 69

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Habib Tupay T. Loong was born in 1947, and died on June 30, 2016.

He was a Filipino politician.

Loong was a representative of Sulu’s 1st congressional district in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Tupay Loong was the older brother of Ben Tupay Loong, the current vice-governor, and himself served as Governor of Sulu for three terms (from 1984–88, 1988–92, 1992–96).

Collectively the “Loong Brothers” constitute a formidable political force in Sulu.

Loong started as a powerful former MNLF commander turned political player who as a candidate gained the support of the ruling coalition under then-President Corazon Aquino.

Tupay long maintained a private army despite government efforts to demilitarize Sulu politics, and the supporters of Loong and his rival Indanan Anni exchanging gunfire and attacks during the 1988 election for governor.

His current Chief of Staff was Sigfredo A. Plaza.

Tupay Loong passed away at 69 years old.

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