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A huge loss for PH: Politikos pay tribute to great statesman Nene Pimentel

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The death of former Senate President has triggered a massive outpouring of grief from several politikos.

Pimentel, founder of PDP Laban party, passed away Sunday. He was 85.

Senators have expressed sadness over passing of Pimentel and paid tribute to the great statesman and a man of integrity and honor.

“I am very sad over the loss of a great Filipino Statesman who fought and risked his life for the many advocacies that he believed in. The death of our former Senate President Aquilino Pimentel Jr is a great loss for Mindanao and the Nation as he is one of those I consider as one of the great pillars of our country’s democracy in the last 50 years,” Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri wrote on Facebook.

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian also hailed Pimentel as “a man of great honor and integrity.” “I offer my heartfelt condolences to his family,” he tweed.

Senator Sonny Angara also paid tribute to the senator for his contributions to the nation, particularly in advancing the welfare of local governments and Mindanao.

“Our condolences to Sen Koko and Kath,Tita Bing and family on the passing of former Senate President Nene, a great statesman, father of the Local Government Code and champion of Mindanao who served the nation w/ integrity; say Hi to our dad sir 🏽🏽,” he tweeted.

Senator Risa Hontiveros remembered Pimentel as an indefatigable fighter.

“‘I’ve been there before in the Sen, like you. And it’s so difficult to be a minority, but regardless… keep fighting,’” Sen Nene Pimentel told me early last year. This is how I will always remember the Father of the Loc Govt Code: A FIGHTER. Salamat, Ka Nene; mahal Kita. 🏼,” she tweeted.

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