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Bohol mourns as Rep. Aumentado dies

Then Bohol Gov.Erico Aumentado tries his hands and feet, at raffia loomweaving during the Guiness bid launching in 2009 with prodding from (left to right) Vice Gov. Julius Caesar Herrera, Inabangay Mayor Jose Jono Jumamoy and Provincial Administrator Tomas Abapo Jr. FOTO/RAYMUND BUSLON/FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—All flags in Bohol were flown at half-staff on Wednesday in honor of former governor and second district Rep. Erico Aumentado, who died on Christmas evening after a battle with pneumonia.

Bohol provincial administrator Alfonso Damalerio Jr. said they were trying to arrange the dispatch of the lawmaker’s remains to the Provincial Capitol in Tagbilaran City for the necrological services.

A former governor, Aumentado, 72, died at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Global City at 8:37 p.m. on Tuesday, according to the House of Representatives media relations office.

The House will hold a necrological service for Aumentado at 10 a.m. Thursday to pay tribute to the lawmaker, a member of the House minority who chaired the committee on ethics and privileges.

A wake is also being held for Aumentado at the La Funeraria Paz in Quezon City before he will be flown back to Bohol where he will be buried.

Aumentado, who also headed the special panel tasked to draft the House rules on the release of its members’ statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN), was hailed by Speaker Feliciano Belmonte as an “exemplary public servant” and credited him for turning Bohol into “one of the most progressive, peaceful and richest provinces today.”

Belmonte said Aumentado remained faithful to his oath and always hewed to the highest standards of public office.

“He was truly an outstanding solon—learned, dedicated and principled,” he said in a statement.

“Eric’s integrity and honor have never been in doubt. He died a poor man because he never made politics the source of his livelihood,” Belmonte added, describing Aumentado as a dear friend and a colleague he held in high esteem.

Another colleague, Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone, said Aumentado’s death was a “great loss not only to Bohol but to our country.”

Evardone described Aumentado as “very passionate about democracy, rule of law and protection of the interests of the less fortunate sector.”

“He was a dedicated and very sincere public servant,” Evardone said.

Ubay town Mayor Eutiquio Bernales, a second-degree cousin of Aumentado, said they were shocked and saddened when they learned of the death of the congressman, who was a resident of barangay (village) Fatima in the town.

Bernales said Aumentado was a good leader who had implemented major projects in Bohol and in the second district.

Among of the major projects initiated by the lawmaker was the Bohol circumferential road, which boosted the tourism in the province, he added.

He also served as the chairman of the Regional Development Council and Regional Tourism Council of Central Visayas.

He was also a provincial board member and governor of Bohol and chairman of the influential 52-member bloc of Visayas congressmen.

Despite their opposing political affiliations, Bohol Gov. Edgar Chatto extended his condolences to Aumentado’s family.

Aumentado rejoined the House in 2010, after completing three terms as Bohol governor—from 2001 to 2010. He was also the province’s House representative from 1992 to 2001.

He was expected to run for another term as congressman in the 2013 elections, under the Nationalist People’s Coalition.

Aumentado used to head the League of Provinces of the Philippines and the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines. He was also a lawyer and former newspaper columnist.

In the House, he was a coauthor of the sin tax bill, which would impose higher taxes on cigarettes and alcohol products. The measure has since been signed into law by the President.

He was also one of the main authors of the bill to strengthen the National Electrification Administration to help boost its program to bring power to rural areas.

He also pushed a measure to declare the Chocolate Hills, a famous Bohol tourist spot, as national patrimony, national heritage park and geological monuments, and to penalize their pillage, destruction and defacement.

Another bill he championed was one seeking to strengthen the agricultural education and training in the Philippines by institutionalizing the Philippine Manpower Development Plan for Agriculture Entrepreneurship.

All in all, he sponsored or authored 96 measures and coauthored another 274.

Aumentado is survived by his wife, Peregrina Adlaon Cabagnot-Aumentado, three sons, five daughters, 19 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

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  • marionics

    anti o pro rh ba ito?

    • ed_nique

      bai … 3 sons, 5 daughters … what do you think?

      • marionics

        that is telling. but a guy posted above that he did not show up for the vote. well, water under the bridge. i was just curious.

        but on the other hand, having 8 kids could have taught him a lesson and made him see the light na mahirap pala ang madaming pinapalamon he he

      • Guest

         There are poor people with 12 children but if they had access to RH medicine they would have liked to limit the number of their children.

  • Jeremiah_CheGuevara

    What? Poor man? principled? – Pro RH Belmonte’s out of his mind!!! Let us pray for the dead but let’s not lie for him and destroy our very souls as well.

    • loythegreat

      I’m a Boholano. Aumentado was a poor boy before he became a congressman and governor. He was a working student in college at the university where I also studied. Even when he became a politician, he continued living a simple life. You can go to his house and you can see that it’s still simple. So stop commenting about something you know nothing about, okay?

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  • Jeremiah_CheGuevara

    He chose to be absent during the voting! He can’t face the m

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KLPCCEL5ADIWVG7GICVNRNP3OA I Love This game

      And what’s your point if he’s absent?

    • http://twitter.com/fradagohoy Francis Monreal, Jr.

      He was absent because he was confined with pneumonia.

    • loythegreat

      C’mon man. The guy was sick and you still want him to vote? How harsh are you! LOL

  • Sarong9146

    All my praises go to this man with principle, strong leadership and dedication. He turned Bohol into number one tourist destination in the country by creating the necessary infrastructures to make it happened. He is the man of politics in action, not on promises and rhetorics. We need people like Hon Aumentado to run our country. 

  • bugoybanggers

    Hayaan na lang ninyo, bakit pa ba kailanagan mag LUKSA? Marami namang kapalit, nandiyan si MISIS, si anak, si apo, si Bayaw, si HIPAG.. walang katapusang kapalit, napakaraming alternatibong miembro ng pamilya (MABUHAY ang POLITIKAL DYNASTY).

    • http://www.facebook.com/alonehyacinth24 Jhie Cuyacot Mendez

      Aumentado family is not an example of political dynasty…..he is passionate enough to run by his own name. Wala ni isang membro ng pamilya ang sumabak sa pulitika kasi they have their own passion..So wag kang ag salita ng ganyan kasi hindi mo alam background nya!

      • AlexanderAmproz

        Who is Jiselle Rae Villamore ?

        Aumentado is her family Patriarch !

        Who are you trying to fool ?

      • loythegreat

        She’s the sister of my friend. And she’s not a politician.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/IWWH267IXLEJ3WDC5WXGXRYQUY andok

         there you are again Alexander Aamproz. stop displaying your pure ignorance. pity you!

    • loythegreat

      Stop talking nonsense. Aumentado didn’t have any family members in politics. Not even his wife or any of his children.

      • AlexanderAmproz

        And what about the Ubay irrigation ghost project ?
        Who bought the Panglao airport lands at 200.-pesos/m2 before to established the Project ?
        The location at the Panglao tip is really badly located for Boholano, 90% of the planes passengers, a nuisance for the tourists as it is on the meddle of the resorts locations. Most of the tourist coming with fast boat from Cebu.
        Have to say he was a quiet charming man, cross him many times and had lunch long time ago, an other world of Thomas Osmena.
        I had the luck to stay in Bohol in the eighties, so much damages have been done. At that time no Shabu, very safe, very cheap, lobsters 3 pesos a kilo before Japanese’s discover it, today no more. Tagbilaran was very safe, no more. Food was far better. Today there is much more poor peoples.
        35 years ago it was an untouched Paradise, today its a trash, called progress !

  • http://www.facebook.com/hehe15 Roland T. Sacristan

    @Jeremiah_CheGuevara:disqus  @bugoybanggers:disqus  He is one of Bohol’s finest leader and that is a conclusion. He is a great man. Very great. You have foul-ideas and these speak to your foul identities..If you have no good things to say..then better zip your mouth.. This man is loved by many..He existed not just an ordinary person but principled, learned and dedicated as what Belmonte said, and he is correct saying that..

  • http://www.facebook.com/hehe15 Roland T. Sacristan

    The late legislator’s granddaughter Jiselle Rae Villamor told reporters
    at the House of Representatives that their “lolo Rico” would dictate to
    her amendments to the RH Bill and constantly requested that he be
    allowed to attend session while confined at St. Luke’s Medical Center in
    Global City. She recalled several times when Aumentado woke up and
    asked “pwedeng (pumunta sa) session? (can I attend the session?)” 

  • AlexanderAmproz

    He is no more no less than any others Pilipino Politicians.
    Bohol is only the second most deforested Province of the Country after Cebu
    Bohol Dynamite fishing was an industry till no more fish left.
    Abatang River is the country most Cadmium and Lead polluted River,
    a Minamata disaster on the way, thank’s he is compromising for election money
    Panglao Airport is wrongly located thank’s a scam.
    Ghost irrigation projects

    Hope his death will help the Boholano for a better future

    • loythegreat

      So you blame a politician for the side-effects of industrialization? LOL come on. He did so many good things for Bohol. I’m not a big fan of the guy, but people here tend to highlight the bad things instead of the good ones.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/IWWH267IXLEJ3WDC5WXGXRYQUY andok

       get lost with your erroneous figures. mocking the dead can be tolerated. but mocking Bohol is out of context. you’re ignorant based on the definition of what ignorance is which means “absence of knowledge”. your knowledge regarding Bohol can’t be found in reality nor in reliable recorded data.

  • Jason Cruz

    Wow meron palang nakapagaling na KONGRESMAN >? Nag iiyakan ba ang taga Bohol dahil sa pagkamatay ? Talaga.   Kaya pala hangang ngayon napakahirap ng nga tao dyan at sira na yung likas na yaman.

    • loythegreat

      Dude have you ever been to Bohol? I guess not. Sure, we are still poor but not as poor as before. FYI, before Aumentado became governor (2001-2010), Bohol was one of the ten poorest provinces in the country. Not anymore. Thanks to him and to GMA who helped transform our province into a tourism powerhouse. People might say bad things about them but it cannot be denied that they helped improve the situation here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hehe15 Roland T. Sacristan

    masyadong masakit magsalita ang mga tao..di naman talaga nila kilala ‘yung tao..tsk2..pilipino talaga!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IWWH267IXLEJ3WDC5WXGXRYQUY andok

    So the people may know.. Aumentado was an anti-rh bill advocate. He categorically stated that in so many radio interviews in Bohol and lately in an anti-rh bill rally in talibon bohol organized by the diocese of talibon. It was just unfortunate that he was not able to bring his “no” vote during the 2nd and 3rd reading of the rh bill because he was confined since December 10 at St.Luke Hospital until his death. Prior to his St.Luke confinement, he was rushed in Ramiro Hospital tagbilaran city on the evening of December 9. He did not allowed himself to be confined in Ramiro but he flew to Manila the next day. At st.luke it was found out that “merong tubig sa kanyang baga”, the heart was also affected due to the lack of oxygen flow. then pneumonia. those were treated by the doctors while he was still confined during the height of RH bill debate and voting. On December 25, his liver suddenly malfunctioned which caused his instantaneous death. he was also a diabetic. Had given the chance to be at congress during the rh bill voting, for sure this late solon would vote “no”. If he would vote yes. May his soul rest in peace. If you don’t care with what you’re commenting because the person is dead already, please do care for the feelings of the bereaved family.

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