Aumentado ‘made politics an honorable profession’- Belmonte



Lawmakers pay their last respects to the late Bohol Rep. Erico Aumentado during the necrological services on Thursday at the House of Representatives.

MANILA, Philippines — Even while he was undergoing treatment for pneumonia, the late Bohol Representative Erico Aumentado had been a dedicated public servant and requested that he be allowed to attend session at the height of the discussions on the Reproductive Health Bill.

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?)”

Aumentado was against the RH Bill and even worked on several insertions and amendments he wanted to propose but Villamor said that her grandfather was not allowed to leave hospital.

Aumentado died of pneumonia at 8:37 p.m. on Christmas night at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Global City. He was 72.

Aumentado was described as an achiever not only in public service but in life in general by his family, friends and colleagues during the necrological services hosted by the House of Representatives on Thursday.

“He made politics an honorable profession,” said Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr who said that he chose Aumentado to head the ethics and privileges committee despite being a member of the minority bloc.

“He knew chairmanships were reserved for the majority but I said he is the proper man for the position and he served with great distinction, truly a gentleman,” he said.

Aumentado, a member of the Lakas-Kampi Christian Muslim Democrats party, was part of the 9th, 10th, 11th and the present 15th Congress representing the second district of Bohol. He also served as board member and governor of Bohol.

His lawyer Milet Adame said that the late congressman’s remains will be brought back to the La Funeraria Paz within the day where it will lie in state until Saturday.

She said Aumentado’s remains will be flown to his hometown Bohol by Saturday morning. Interment is scheduled on January 5 in Tagbilaran City.

He is survived by his wife Peregrina Adlaon Cabagnot-Aumentado, three sons, five daughters, 19 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

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  • John_Galt_II

    Excuse me Mr. Speaker. Kung walang pork barrel yan baka maniwala pa ko sa yo.

    • ed_nique

      so, every congressman and senator who availed of theif pork barrels are corrupt … without even knowing where these went to?

      • John_Galt_II


  • AlexanderAmproz

    What about Panglao Airport or irrigation scams ?

    He had a tallent, not only brought Ate Glue support, but had a similar hypocrisy.

    A small door is open for the Boholano’s better future

    • ed_nique

      that’s how politics is played my friend … a lower official would always seek ways to find favor from a higher official in order to get benefits for his constituency (and himself?)

  • bugoybanggers

    Hindi dapat iyakan kapag may namatay na isang politiko, napakaraming kapalit siya..nandiyan si Misis, si Panganay, si Bunso, si Kapatid, si Pinsan, si Anak sa kabit..blah balah lah.. isama pa si APO. Kaya sila sila pa rin dahil din sa mga BOBOTANTE na nakapaligid sa kanila. Ano pa?

    • Francis Monreal, Jr.

      Sir, I am from Bohol. Cong. Aumentado does not have a political dynasty. His family members are not politicians. Please visit Bohol and see how he transformed the province during his time. Thanks.

      • Benjamin

        utot mo….

    • ed_nique

      no one in his immediate family holds any political position whatsoever …

    • prodigalson60

      sino bang nagsabe sa iyo na umiyak ka? direct your views to individuals worthy of your comments. otherwise, shut up!

  • $14334231

    mahirap din ba siya hanggang ngayon katulad ng yumaong si beltran?….

  • Ang

    Aumentado “made politics an honorable profession,” Belmonte makes and will always make politics a dishonorable profession.

  • buttones

    “He made politics an honorable profession,”

    Well he was the only one on earth that ever did, and Charles Dickens wrote a lot about this- the statement is, or could be described as oxymoronic… not saying it is of course…just saying it could be…..

  • prodigalson60

    A GREAT ACHIEVER INDEED! The transformation of Bohol into what it is now speaks of his great achievements. A veteran politician for decades serving the public but never was political dynasty can be traced in their blood line. infact his candidacy destroyed some political dynasties in bohol although not all due to the support of politics in national level.
    A professional, dedicated public servant. That was Erico Aumentado. Rest In Peace, Sir.

  • dikoy321

    I’m not a Boholano but have been visiting Bohol every year since i bought a parcel of land there and compared the great STRIDES/IMPROVEMENTS happening !

    The name Aumentado is not a TRAPO (Traditional Politician) and the Boholanos do RESPECT the man and his legacy !

    Good job honorable Rep Aumentado, even if we differ in our stand on the RH bill, simply because you are a RARE BREED of an Individual !

    Your name deserve RESPECT and COURTESY from us all !

    Forward Philippines !!!

    • AlexanderAmproz

      Did you are blind or ignorant ?

      Bohol is only second after Cebu for deforestation.
      Abatang River is the country most Cadmium and Lead polluted River by one of
      his political supporter !
      Two Chocolate Hills vanished for quarry.
      Dynamite fishing was an industry under his reign, etc.

      It’s look you lack of informations

      Flattery is done to please the Idiot

      Friendly he was, easier for a crook to be friendly,
      compare to other GMA friend’s alike the Ampatuan’s or Palparan,
      he was really a nice man, gifted for Nature destruction,
      the Island main tourists attraction and income,

      what a greed irony

      • Battlefrog

        Your stupidity is beyond belief “Did you blind or ignorant”? “It’s look you lack of informations”?…..maybe you’re a kind of guy who are “lack of brains”

      • AlexanderAmproz

        Your answer is showing your school is smaller than my shoes

  • Faisal salman it’s highest level..hinimod ang tumbong ni Pandakekok..honorable?

  • AlexanderAmproz

    He is deserving same funerals as an other GMA famous Hero, Angie Reyes.

    Do Pilipino’s are blind, corruption kills !

    Aumentado stollen “wealth” could have easily saved few tens of thousands, 
    a small man compared with an Enrile robbery, enough to save millions children’s from death.

    Children’s value is very cheap in the Philippines when looking at the mortality rate before 5 years old, same than Sahel desert, one of the Africa poorest, 
    but Philippines is a food basket and Mining Paradise, even Bohol.

    Pilipino Politicians are the biggest criminals I ever meet, except five of them,
    this is reassuring, honesty even rare, still exist !

  • AlexanderAmproz

    Philippines is an up side down country thank’s 450 years of clergy teaching.

    What is considered “Honorable” in Manila,

    is rubbish and disgusting abroad

    Clergy teaching is a plain disaster, not only for condom divorce or abortion, 
    but also for hospitals and school looting

  • boybakal

    Aumentado ‘Made Politics an Honorable Profession’- Belmonte….

    This is new and surprising Politics an Honorable Profession.
    Well, if it attributed to Con. Aumentado, Congrats and Rest in Peace.
    Politics as an Honorable Profession in the Philippines can make it to the Guiness Book of World records.

    On the other hand, if it is true, then Aumentado is the only “clean Apple in a basket of Rotten Apples.”
    Or in our lingo…”ang isang itlog na penoy sa basket ng itlog na bugok.”

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