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Bayan Muna hails Nene Pimentel, ‘staunch defender of human rights’

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Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Carlos Zarate and Bayan Muna chairman Neri Colmenares on Sunday expressed their condolences to the family and friends of former Senate President Aquilino ‘Nene’ Pimentel Jr., a staunch defender of human rights since before dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ martial law.

“Malaking kawalan sa bansa ang pagkamatay ni Sen. Nene dahil sa kanyang malaking ambag sa paglaban sa diktaduryang Marcos at maging matapos nito,” said Zarate.

Pimentel died on Sunday morning at 85 years old.

“Ipinagtanggol niya ang mga karapatang pantao hanggang sa mga huling araw ng kanyang buhay. Ang buhay niya ay dapat malaman at sundan ng lahat, lalu na ng mga nasa pamahalaan,” the House Deputy Minority leader added.

Colmenares said: “Sen. Pimentel is a sterling example of a public servant who stood up for what is right even if it meant going to jail for several times.”

“Sana ay madami pang mga kawani at opisyal ng pamahalaan ang tumulad sa halimbawa ni Sen. Nene, palaging bayan muna ang inuuna,” he said.

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