A huge loss for PH: Politikos pay tribute to great statesman Nene Pimentel
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.
Former Senate President Nene Pimentel was a man of great honor and integrity. I offer my heartfelt condolences to his family. pic.twitter.com/RVVUVhkkll— Win Gatchalian (@WinGatchalian74) October 20, 2019
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 🙏🏽🙏🏽 https://t.co/zMd5eT3hID— Sonny Angara (@sonnyangara) October 19, 2019
“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.— risa hontiveros (@risahontiveros) October 20, 2019
This is how I will always remember the Father of the Loc Govt Code: A FIGHTER.
Salamat, Ka Nene; mahal Kita. ✊🏼💙 pic.twitter.com/vgSVdHKhtg
I’m offering my prayers for Ka Nene’s eternal rest. A sad day for the country. He will truly be missed.— risa hontiveros (@risahontiveros) October 20, 2019
My condolences to his family & loved ones,to my college mate & colleague in the Sen, @SenKokoPimentel,& CHR’s Comm Gwen. Your father lived a life full of integrity & service.
Our sincerest condolences to Tita Bing, Senator Koko and the rest of the Pimentel family.— Kiko Pangilinan (@kikopangilinan) October 20, 2019
Rest in peace, Manong Nene.
A principled leader, patriot, statesman.— GRACE POE (@SenGracePOE) October 20, 2019
Senator Nene always kept watch and put himself on the line for the sake of the Filipino people.
Our heartfelt prayers are with his family.
My family’s deepest condolences to family, friends, and supporters of Senator Nene Pimentel, a true statesman and a brilliant legislator. Thank you for your incomparable and invaluable service to the Filipino people and our country. https://t.co/gjYZBFddJX— Cynthia Villar (@Cynthia_Villar) October 20, 2019
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The country lost another intellectual giant with the passing of former Senate President Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel, Jr. He is a good man and an even greater leader. His dedicated public service and brilliant leadership are beyond question. He will be remembered for leading an honorable life. I am extending my deepest sympathies to the Pimentel family during this very painful time. He will be included in my prayers.
RIP former Sen. Nene Pimentel. A true statesman.— JV Ejercito (@jvejercito) October 20, 2019
Senator Nene was introduced to me then as Mayor Nene of CDO. He was one of the 21 LABAN candidates led by Senator Ninoy. Mayor Nene was politically oppressed by President Marcos during his term as Mayor. He invited my Lolo to be the Chair during the founding of PDP-LABAN in 1980— Erin Tañada (@erintanada) October 20, 2019
He may be gone, but his legacy of wisdom in defending democracy will live forever in the hearts of the people.— Leila de Lima (@SenLeiladeLima) October 20, 2019
May the Pimentel family find comfort in the love and appreciation of the people for Sen. Nene.