Press Release
October 21, 2019

STATEMENT OF SEN. BONG GO Re: Passing of former Senate President Nene Pimentel

I am deeply saddened by the passing of former Senate president Aquilino Pimentel Jr. early this morning. I offer my deepest and sincerest condolences to the bereaved family, particularly to his son and my colleague in the Senate, Sen. Koko.

Tatay Nene, as he is fondly called, was a fellow Mindanaoan and a staunch ally in fighting for advocacies he shared with Tatay Digong even before President Rodrigo Duterte's administration until now.

As one of the pillars of PDP-Laban, we are eternally grateful for his wisdom and support for this administration, especially during the 2016 and 2019 elections.

Sen. Nene was a visionary, democracy leader and a hard working legislator. Acknowledged as the father of local autonomy, he championed the cause of local governance and had enormously contributed in shaping what local government units possess now. The Local Government Code of 1991 is a testament to his remarkable contributions.

His death may leave us with a sad void and profound loss to his family and to our country he cared so much about. But his legacy shall forever be remembered and shall always guide us in shaping the destiny of our people.

I, together with a grateful nation, pray that he may rest in eternal peace.

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