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Politikos pay tribute to Gokongwei, hope Filipinos will emulate his hard work

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The death of industrialist John Gokongwei Jr. has triggered an outpouring of grief and sympathies from politikos.

From former Vice President Jojo Binay to senators, politikos have expressed sadness over the death of Gokongwei, remembering his contributions to the

“Our family extends our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of John Gokongwei Jr. He was truly a force of the business community and has greatly contributed to the growth of our economy and the country,” Binay wrote on Facebook

“The Filipino nation mourns this loss, with gratitude for his immeasurable contributions. May future Filipinos continue to be inspired by John’s vision for leadership and his hard work,” he said.

Senator Koko Pimentel hailed Gokongwei as “one of the greatest business leaders and philanthropists of our time.”

“Mr. Gokongwei will truly be remembered for his selfless advocacies and contributions to the Philippines, be it corporate or charity work. As many mourn the death of Mr. Gokongwei, we also pray that his legacy lives on in every person and community he has inspired,” Pimentel tweeted.

Senator Sonny Angara also took to Twitter to offer his sympathies and honor Gokongwei. “RIP John Gokongwei, a man who always tried to provide value to Philippine consumers,” he tweeted.

Senator Francis Pangilinan offered his condolences to the family of Gokongwei as he thanked the business magnate for helping create jobs and providing useful products and services in the country.

“His legendary zest for learning and his boldness in trying out new things and his love of work and creating — regardless of his age or his appearance — have been a guidepost for how to live,” Pangilinan said.

“Thank you for these and also for — regardless of the political winds — keeping on investing in the Philippines, employing thousands of Filipinos, and producing useful and affordable products and services,” he said.

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