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Former Senate President Nene Pimentel passes away

Aquilino Pimentel Jr.

Former Senate President Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr. talks about federal system of government in a forum in Quezon City on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018.
(File photo by NIÑO JESUS ORBETA / Philippine Daily Inquirer)

MANILA, Philippines — Former Senate President Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr. passed away at 5 a.m. on Sunday, October 20.

“Our beloved Tatay Nene has joined his Creator at 5 a.m. today, Oct. 20, 2019. We thank all those who have been a part of his life. We ask for prayers for the repose of Tatay Nene’s soul,” his son Senator Koko Pimentel said in a Twitter post.

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The Pimentel patriarch’s death came less than a week after he was put in an intensive care unit (ICU) last October 14. He was 85 years old.

Although visibly ill, the older Pimentel continued to be a public figure to the end, speaking in conferences and granting media interviews to speak on his favorite topic, federalism.

The dream of a federal Philippines has been with Pimentel since he was mayor of Cagayan de Oro in the 1980s, wanting greater political powers to local governments to manage their own affairs.

The elder Pimentel, who hails from Cagayan de Oro, authored the Local Code of the Philippines, RA 7160, that granted greater powers to local governments.

He was born on December 11, 1933 and served as Senate President from 2000 to 2001.

Aside from his stint as Senate President, Nene Pimentel also served as majority leader and minority leader during his career in the Higher Chamber. /je

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