MANILA, Philippines - Members of the House of Representatives paid their last respects to their late colleague, Bohol 2nd District Rep Erico Aumentado, Thursday, December 27, in a necrological service held at Batasan's plenary hall in Quezon City.
“Public service was not only a calling to him but his passion,” said Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., who was Aumentado's colleague way back in the 9th Congress.
Aumentado died on Christmas Day due to complications from pneumonia. He was 72.
Occidental Mindoro Rep Amelita Villarosa, Aumentando's fellow Minority bloc member, said Aumentando will be remembered best for his legacy in transforming Bohol into what it is now.
Aumentado served his constituents "so humbly yet so honorably," said Cebu Rep Eduardo Gullas. “Your monument need not be erected in marble for it is enshrined in the heart of each and every Boholano,” he said.
Before being elected to the 15th Congress, Aumentado served as governor of Bohol. As governor, he led key development projects in the province that helped reduce insurgency and crime. He was also a member of the 9th, 10th and 11th Congress.
Other lawmakers also remembered their late colleague via Twitter:
RIP Hon.Erico Aumentado-A remarkable man. Orphaned at 8, he persevered to finish school w/highest honors & devoted hs life to public service— Emmeline Aglipay (@EmAglipay) December 27, 2012
Special Requiem Mass for our colleague Hon Erico Aumentado at Plenary Hall House of Representatives Congress ofThe Phil twitter.com/CutieDelMar/st…— Cutie Del Mar (@CutieDelMar) December 27, 2012
Attended the Necrological service for Cong. Erico Aumentado...my deepest sympathy to his family...— Mitos H. Magsaysay (@mitosmagsaysay) December 27, 2012
Sad post-Christmas news. Rest In Peace Gov/Cong Rico Aumentado of Bohol. We will definitely miss you.— Dato Arroyo (@datoarroyo) December 26, 2012
Condolences to the family of Cong.Augmentado of Bohol.Another good man lost in Congress.— Lani Mercado Revilla (@lanimrevilla) December 26, 2012
Aumentado is survived by his wife Peregrina Adlaon Cabagnot-Aumentado, 3 sons, 5 daughters, 19 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. - Rappler.com