MANILA, Philippines – Former Senate President Aquilino "Nene" Pimentel Jr. will return for the last time Wednesday to the halls of the institution he once ran.
The Senate is scheduled to pay tribute to its former chief in obituary services, which his former colleagues will commend for him.
Among those expected to speak are his colleagues in the 8th Congress, former Senators Heherson Alvarez and Joey Lina.
Senate President Vicente Sotto III, Senator Pia Cayetano and former Senator Nikki Coseteng will also deliver the floor.
The Senate will present a resolution by the Pimentel family expressing condolences and condolences to the Senate for passing the former Senate President.
Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III will deliver the response on behalf of the family.
The elder Pimentel passed away on Sunday from lymphoma. He was 85 years old.
The nation mourned the passing of a former senator, considered a great statesman and was one of the most prominent freedom fighters and opponents of the Marcos regime during martial law.
Senator Nancy Binay paid tribute to the elder Pimentel.
"Sen. Aquilino Q. Pimentel Jr. was a mentor and dear friend of our family," she said. "Our family shares the same void left by someone everyone loves," she added.
She deserved the elder Pimentel for paving the way for her father Jejomar Binay to enter public service by appointing the latter as Makati official after Corazon Aquino was catapulted into the presidency following the Edsa People Revolution.
"Tatay was the first to recognize my father's heart in public service," she said.
Pimentel and Elder Binay were both members of the Movement for the Brotherhood, Integrity and Nationalism Lawyers Inc., which was composed of human rights lawyers who fought against the Marcos regime.
They also co-founded the Partido Democrat Pilipino-Lakas of Bayan, which became the ruling party during Duterte's presidency.
Thinking of others
Even by the end, Pimentel thought of the earth and others more than he thought of himself, according to his wife, Lourdes.
Lourdes, a Bing friend, recalled to her husband, telling her that he wanted the advanced medical equipment now available when his own mother was ill.
"He said, 'maybe Mom would live longer,'" she said.
"Even when he was ill, he thought of his mom, who died a few years ago. So he always thought of others and not himself, ”she added.
Bing also said her husband did not want to get tired when he cared for him.
"He meant me, not himself. That's why we love him because he thought about the earth more than himself," she said.
Former Senator Ramon Magsaysay Jr. He also remembered Pimentel as the guard of the people and someone who fought for the infirm.
"Without departing from his principles, Ka Nene has advocated for the voiceless, the powerless and the oppressed – mostly ordinary people such as farmers, fishermen and the urban poor – to represent their interests and advance their causes," Magsaysay said.
"The people are the keeper"
"He was a guardian of the people, always ready to uphold human rights and the rule of law," he added.
Magsaysay also said he is extremely respectful of Pimentel's courage, passion and intellect.
He will always be grateful to have reopened the probe in a fertilizer fund scam, he added.
In the nine years they shared in the Senate, Magsaysay said he learned a lot from Pimentel's wisdom and leadership.
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