Drilon: Joker Arroyo hated luxury, extravagance
Senate President Franklin Drilon honored on Monday the late Senator Joker Arroyo, whom he remembered for his “exceptional humility” and “simplicity” as a public official.
Drilon described Arroyo’s passing as a nation’s “collective loss.”
“Today, we also celebrate the life and work of a former member of the Senate — Senator Joker Arroyo— who sadly passed away last week. In his lifetime, he dazzled the nation not only with his brilliance but also with his high sense of duty and strong commitment to defend the underprivileged,” he said in a message as the Senate marks its yearlong centennial celebration.
“It was a great honor to work with him: first, in the executive department under the administration of President Cory Aquino, and later in the Senate. I attest to Joker’s exceptional humility and simplicity as a public official.”
“Despite his superb intellect and enormous achievements, he never saw himself as superior to anyone. He kept a small office and hated luxury and extravagance. With his frugal and prudent ways, he will always be fondly remembered for being the ‘Scrooge of the Senate,’” the Senate leader added.
Drilon said Arroyo also led a life of integrity, good character, diligence and a “profound love for the masses that are dearest to his heart.”
“His passing is the nation’s collective loss. But his life will always be an inspiration to every Filipino who loves our country and cherishes justice and freedom,” he said.
“With deep sorrow, we remember him in our prayers and condole with his family. We join the whole nation in mourning the loss of this gem of a public servant, whose achievements as a lawyer, human rights defender, lawmaker and public servant are unparalleled.”
“Farewell Joker, and thank you for everything,” Drilon added.
Arroyo passed away in the United States last October 5 but his family requested the Senate not to hold any necrological services for the late senator.
But Drilon said the family’s request doesn’t prevent them from paying tribute to a “great person as I did…” IDL