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Robredo mourns Nene Pimentel’s death: PH is ‘diminished’ with his passing

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Vice President Leni Robredo extended her condolences Sunday (October 20) to the family of former Senate President Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr., who died at the age of 85.

In a statement, Robredo remembered Pimentel as a “statesman” who stood firm against “cruel realities of politics and history.”

“The Filipino nation is diminished today with the passing of Senator Nene Pimentel, our leading advocate for local governance, a tireless champion of human rights, and a true patriot,” she said.

Robredo said Pimentel was consistent in showing courage from the time he stood up to the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, to his assertion of Philippine sovereignty by voting against the extension of the US bases treaty, and “taking the principled position” as Senate president during the impeachment trial of former President Joseph Estrada.

“[T]hese are the moments that will forever define his place in our people’s history. May we all draw inspiration from his example to show the same courage and principle during these challenging times,” she said.

Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III said his father died due to complications caused by lymphoma or cancer of the lymoh nodes.

Wakes have been scheduled in Manila and Cagayan De Oro starting October 20 to 25.

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