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Party-list bloc leader: ‘We owe our existence to Nene Pimentel’

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The secretary general of the Party-list Coalition Foundation Inc. on Sunday mourned the demise of former Senate President Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr., saying the bloc owed its existence to the Father of the Local Government Code.

“We, in the Party-list System, owe our existence in the political arena to Senator Aquilino ‘Nene’ Pimentel,” said Bagong Henerasyon party-list Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy.

Pimentel died on Sunday morning at 85 years old.

“Some of the origins of the party-list system go back to earlier than the work of the Constitutional Commission,” she noted.

In 1980, Pimentel ran for mayor of Cagayan de Oro City under the Mindanao Alliance banner.

“Back then, he realized the need and role of new kinds of political parties rising from the grassroots and communities–closer to the people,” Herrera-Dy recalled.

“In his vision for a federal Philippines, Pimentel saw the necessity of having party-lists and regional parties to represent more voices of Filipinos with shared values identifiable by generation, culture, region, and sector,” she said.

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