Christmas death: Bohol Rep Erico Aumentado
(UPDATE) MANILA, Philippines - Representative Erico Aumentado of the 2nd district of Bohol passed away Tuesday night, December 25, after a battle with pneumonia. He was 72.
Requiem mass and necrological services will be held at the House of Representatives plenary hall at 10 a.m. on December 27, Thursday, according to House-PRIB executive director Rica dela Cuesta.
"The country lost one of the most exemplary public servants," said House Speaker Feliciano "Sonny" Belmonte Jr in a statement released on Wednesday.
"He deserves full credit for transforming Bohol into one of the most progressive, peaceful and richest provinces today. He was truly an outstanding solon - dedicated and principled," Belmonte said.
"He was a dear friend for whom I had the highest respect both as a colleague in Congress and in the writing profession," added Belmonte. Like Belmonte, Aumentado was a former newspaperman.
Before returning to the House of Representatives in 2010, Aumentado was governor of Bohol for 3 terms (9 years). He oversaw development projects that helped reduce the communist insurgency in Bohol.
"When he was my colleague in the Governors' League, he was very passionate about democracy, rule of law and protection of interests of the less fortunate sector. He was a dedicated and very sincere public servant," said a fellow representative from Visayas, Eastern Samar Rep Ben Evardone.
A former Lakas-Kampi party stalwart, he was expelled from the party during the 2010 presidential elections. He was supposed to be "covertly campaigning" for Nacionalista Party candidate Manuel Villar instead of the party's own candidate former defense secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr. Aumentado denied it.
Lakas revoked Aumentado's Certificate of Nomination (CONA) and gave it to his rival. He still won the elections.
Aumentado recently joined the Nacionalist People's Coalition (NPC) of businessman Eduardo "Danding" Cojuangco.
Aumentado was the chairman of the House committee on ethics and priviliges.
Expected to speak at the requiem mass on Thursday are Speaker Belmonte, Minority Leader Quezon Rep Danilo Suarez, Bohol Rep Arthur Yap, and Occidental Mindoro Rep Amelita Calimbas-Villarosa. - Rappler.com