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House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco is saddened by the passing of his “mentor” Cebu City 1st District Rep. Raul del Mar.

In a statement posted on Facebook, Velasco has expressed his condolences to the family of Del Mar, saying his dedication to public service is “truly remarkable.”

Del Mar died on Monday at a hospital in Manila. He was 79.

“Representative Del Mar proved his passion and commitment to public service by religiously attending plenary sessions and public hearings of the House of Representatives in order to fulfill his duties and mandate as a lawmaker,” the House Speaker said.

The Marinduque lawmaker said he considered Del Mar his mentor, admitting that he would have been appointed a Deputy Speaker under his term. He also revealed that Del Mar had perfect attendance for the 27 years that he was a congressman.

“His contributions to Congress and the nation cannot be overstated, having served a total of nine terms as congressman since 1987. He was a mentor to me and many others. He would have been a deputy speaker
under my term,” he said.

Velasco said many have been inspired by the public service of the Cebu lawmaker, adding they will miss him. “The dedication of Congressman del Mar to public service is truly remarkable and serves as an inspiration to many. We owe him a debt of gratitude,” he said.

STATEMENT OF SPEAKER LORD ALLAN VELASCO ON THE PASSING OF CEBU CITY 1ST DISTRICT REP. RAUL DEL MAR We extend our…

Posted by House of Representatives of the Philippines on Monday, November 16, 2020

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