Senators offer condolences to Pong Biazon’s kin: ‘His memory will live on’
MANILA, Philippines — Two resolutions have been filed in the Senate, urging the chamber to express sympathy and condolences over the death of former lawmaker Rodolfo “Pong” Biazon.
Senate Majority Leader Joel Villanueva and Senators Alan and Pia Cayetano on Tuesday filed Senate Resolution 653, which seeks to honor Biazon, who died on Monday at the age of 88.
“Senator Biazon leaves a legacy of excellence in the military and politics, serving as an inspiration to the Filipino people through his patriotism, dedication, and compassion,” the resolution read.
The senators recalled Biazon’s contributions when he took various positions in government – from chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to senator and then as Muntinlupa representative.
The senators also pointed out Biazon did not stop speaking up about security and national defense issues even after he had stepped off the political stage.
“His memory will live on in the hearts and minds of the Filipino people, whom he inspired with his spirit, drive, and determination as a true Filipino,” the resolution stated.
According to Villanueva’s office, the resolution will be part of the Senate’s agenda when Congress returns for the start of the second regular session in July.
It will be formally sent to Biazon’s kin once it is adopted by the chamber.
‘Never stopped being a patriot’
Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri also filed a separate resolution on Tuesday to similarly call on the upper chamber to offer its “profound sympathy and sincere condolences” to Biazon’s bereaved family.
“True to the saying that ‘old soldiers never die, they just fade away,’ the legendary military general and legislator, whose bravery and patriotism in protecting and defending Philippine freedom and democracy is beyond compare, and whose sincerity and dedication in serving the country inspired and touched the hearts of Filipinos, will be mourned and remembered by the Filipino people and the nation.”
In Senate Resolution 652, Zubiri remembered Biazon as a person who “never stopped being a patriot” as he continued to share his insights and expertise about national issues like the Marawi Siege and the West Philippine Sea dispute.
“He was extremely disciplined and intentional in everything he did, and he set a standard for us younger lawmakers to aspire to,” Zubiri said in a separate statement.
A necrological service for Biazon will be held in the Senate on Monday.