Tributes flowed for the late Senate President Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr. at the necrological service held in his honor at the Senate Wednesday (October 23).
Senate President Vicente Sotto III presented Senate Resolution No. 17 to the Pimentel family, expressing the Senate’s sympathy and condolence over Pimentel’s death.
In his eulogy, Sotto said Pimentel served as his mentor and was always accomodating whenever his counsel was needed.
Sotto attributed his familiarity in working with other senators to the lessons he learned from Pimentel.
“His humility, simplicity in style and decorum make us all proud that we were his friends. He will be greatly missed. He had been a leading light of this Chamber, not only in good times but also during trials and darkest moments,” he said.
Equally emotional during the necrological service was Senator Pia Cayetano, who considered Pimentel as a father figure and mentor.
“Tito Nene did grant things, there is no doubt of that. But for me and those who knew him well, we remember him for the small things. For what is greatness without kindness? Without humility and compassion? Traits I saw in my mentor and seat mate. Beyond the brilliant legislator and defender of democracy that he was, I got to know a kind and gentle person,” a tearful Cayetano said in her eulogy.
Former senator Rene Saguisag recalled his time with Pimentel when they both fought for democracy and a better government.
Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III teared up as he responded to the eulogies given by politikos, as he was visibly emotional by the outpouring of love for his father.
“Public service was his passion, working on landmark legacies fulfilled him and made him happy. Thank you for working with him to realize his dream of a fairer, democratic and productive Philippines,” he said.
Other politikos present at the necrological service for Pimentel included former President Joseph Estrada, former Vice President Noli de Castro, Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, Senators Juan Edgardo Angara, Ronald dela Rosa, Christopher Lawrence Go and former Senators Alfredo Lim, John Osmeña, Eddie Ilarde, Robert Jaworski, Loi Estrada, Ramon Magsaysay, Jr. and Wigberto Tañada.