Former Senate President Nene Pimentel passes away at 85

UNTV News   •   October 20, 2019   •   297

Former Senate President Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel passed away on Sunday morning. He was 85.

His son, Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III made the announcement on Twitter.

Last week, Pimentel was admitted to the intensive care unit of an undisclosed hospital after falling “very ill” according to his family.

The 85-year old former lawmaker rose to national prominence in 1971 when he was elected as delegate to the Constitutional Convention representing Misamis Oriental.

In 1982, he founded the PDP-Laban to oppose the then-ruling Kilusang Bagong Lipunan of former President Ferdinand Marcos.

He was senator from 1987 to 1992 and again from 1998 to 2010. He served as Senate president from 2000 to 2001, and as Senate minority leader from 2001 to 2002, and 2004 to 2010.

During his time in the Senate, he authored and sponsored several key pieces of legislation including the Local Government Code of 1991, the Cooperative Code, the Philippine Sports Commission Act, among others.

Senators, colleagues pay tribute to Nene Pimentel

Robie de Guzman   •   October 23, 2019

Senate President Vicente Tito Sotto III, presents Senate Resolution 17, expressing the Senate’s sympathy and condolences to Mrs. Bing Pimentel, wife of former Senate President Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel, Jr., during the necrological service Wednesday. With them are Sen. Pia Cayetano, Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, Senator Koko Pimentel, his wife Kathryna, and sister Gwen Pimentel.  (SENATE PRIB/CESAR TOMAMBO)

MANILA, Philippines – Former Senate President Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr. was honored by friends and colleagues at the Senate during a necrological service held on Wednesday.

In separate eulogies, they remembered Pimentel as a humble and patient mentor, who took time to enlighten the Senate staff on various issues; a principled statesman, and a firm democratic fighter.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III said that with Pimentel’s life, he realized that one can enter and leave politics with integrity intact.

“Puwede naman palang pumasok sa politika at mamaalam nang marangal pa rin. Paalam po,” Sotto said in his eulogy after he presented Senate Resolution No. 17 to the Pimentel family, expressing the chamber’s sympathy and condolence on the death of the former lawmaker.

He also said that Pimentel served as his mentor and was always accommodating whenever his counsel was needed.

Sotto also attributed Pimentel’s “familiarity in servicing his colleagues in the Senate to the experience of working with a number of models and icons in public service where he was a top mentor.”

“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,” Sotto said.

“On behalf of the Philippine Senate, the Sotto family and the Filipino people, may I extend to the bereaved family of Senator Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel, Jr. our heartfelt condolences. May you be comforted that Nene is dearly loved by one and all in this nation,” he added.

Senator Pia Cayetano also considered Pimentel as a father figure and a mentor.

“Tito Nene did grand 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 seatmate. Beyond the brilliant legislator and defender of democracy that he was, I got to know a kind and gentle person,” Cayetano said in her eulogy.

Former Sen. Orlando Mercado also considered Pimentel as his mentor and remembered that he was the first to call for a total log ban. He said he learned the importance of humility from Pimentel and admired him for his sense of justice, especially for the disadvantaged.

Former Senator Jose Lina, Jr. said that more than his grief for losing a father, a teacher and a friend comes the realization that the country has lost “a great Filipino and statesman who championed freedom, human rights and the pursuit of excellence in local governance.”

Former Senator Rene Saguisag recalled his time with Pimentel when they both fought for democracy and a better government, while former Senator Heherson Alvarez said that Pimentel will remain in the country’s history as an indomitable comrade in the struggle against dictatorship.

“Nene Pimentel was a happy warrior. He lived long enough to nurture our civil liberties that he fought for and which he had been jailed. He will remain in our history as an indomitable comrade in the struggle against the dictatorship and a champion of good local governance,” Alvarez said.

Former Senator Nikki Coseteng said Pimentel embodied the values of a nationalist and a warrior, adding that she was proud to have known him.

Senator Koko Pimentel III, who was visibly moved by the stories about his father, thanked colleagues, friends, and the Filipino people for their outpouring love for the elder Pimentel.

“Thank you for helping him achieve his vision and goals as a legislator. Because of your support, he has left landmark legacies such as the Local Government Code and the Cooperative Code of the Philippines, among others,” Koko said in his response to the eulogies.

“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 added.

Pimentel passed away on Oct. 20 after battling with lymphoma. He was 85 years old.

After the necrological service at the Senate, his remains will be brought to his hometown in Cagayan de Oro City for public viewing until Oct. 25.

Details of the interment will be announced later by the family. – RRD (with details from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Colleagues, friends pay respects to the late Senator Nene Pimentel

Robie de Guzman   •   October 22, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Friends and colleagues of the late Senate President Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr. continue to arrive for his wake at The Heritage Park in Taguig City to pay their respects.

Among those who were at the wake were former Supreme Court Chief Justice Hilario Davide, former Senator Jinggoy Estrada and former Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista.  

Estrada remembered Pimentel’s wisdom and dedication when they were still members of the Senate Minority bloc.

“Everytime na nasa sesyon kami kahit na umabot ng alas otso, alas nuebe ng gabi iyong aming session sa Senado. Kahit na boring na iyong mga pinag-uusapan hindi siya umaalis, talagang hands on siya sa pagiging minority floor leader,” he recounted.

Former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales was also in the wake and said she remembered Pimentel’s passion to push for federalism.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea remembered Pimentel as one of his strict professors when he was still studying in law school.

“Another great Filipino gone, Sen. Pimentel. He was my professor in law school, my professor in evidence. Good professor, strict, very friendly but strict with his students,” he said.

Congressman Edcel Lagman also held Pimentel in high regard and remembered his persistence and commitment.

“He was very persistent, dedicated and very serious and I think we’re going to miss him a lot,” he said.

Former vice president Teofisto Guingona was also there and said he was happy that people are recognizing Nene’s legacy.

“We’re friends and I am very happy that he’s recognized by people and by those who did not know him because he deserves a real complement for the things that he has done,” he said.

Pimentel passed away on Sunday morning after battling with lymphoma. He was 85 years old.

His remains will lie in state at The Heritage Park until Tuesday, Oct. 22 before it will be transferred to the Senate in Pasay City on the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 23.

After which, he will then be brought to his hometown in Cagayan de Oro City for public viewing until Oct. 25.

Details of the interment will be announced later by the family. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Mai Bermudez)

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Former Senator Nene Pimentel in ICU – PDP-Laban

Robie de Guzman   •   October 14, 2019

Former Senate President Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr.

MANILA, Philippines – Former Senate President Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr. is currently in an intensive care unit (ICU) of a hospital, an official from his political party, Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) confirmed Monday.

In a message posted on Twitter, PDP-Laban spokesperson Ron Munsayac appealed for prayers for the ailing senator.

“We are humbly asking our friends and partymates in the @PDPLABAN to pray for the full & speedy recovery of our founder and Chairman Emeritus Tatay Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel, Jr. who is currently in the ICU,” he said in his post.

His son, Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, said in a message to reporters that his father is “very ill”and is “currently under treatment,” but did not provide further details.

“Doctors and hospital staff are doing their best to help him. We ardently ask that you join us in prayer for his full and complete recovery,” he said.

The 85-year old former lawmaker rose to national prominence in 1971 when he was elected as delegate to the Constitutional Convention representing Misamis Oriental.

In 1982, he founded the PDP-Laban to oppose the then-ruling Kilusang Bagong Lipunan of former President Ferdinand Marcos.

He was senator from 1987 to 1992 and again from 1998 to 2010. He served as Senate president from 2000 to 2001, and as Senate minority leader from 2001 to 2002, and 2004 to 2010.

During his time in the Senate, he authored and sponsored several key pieces of legislation including the Local Government Code of 1991, the Cooperative Code, the Philippine Sports Commission Act, among others.

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