Democracy icon Nene Pimentel passes away at 85

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Fellow politicians mourned on the passing of democracy icon and former Senate President Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr. on Sunday.

Malacañang thanked Pimentel for his “long, fearless and principled track record of public service.”

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said, “He would forever be etched in our history as a giant among his peers who championed democracy and electoral reform and a visionary who espoused devolution of powers and strong local governance.”

“As we pay tribute and honor to this respected and courageous statesman, we fervently pray for the Almighty to grant Senator Nene eternal repose. May the perpetual light shine upon him,” he added.

Vice President Leni Robredo praised the late senator as “lead advocate for local governance, a tireless champion of human rights, and a true patriot.”

“His long and storied career as a statesman is replete with moments of moral courage as he stood firm against the oftentimes cruel realities of politics and history,” she said.

Former Vice President Jejomar Binay praised Pimentel as an “exemplary public servant who championed the empowerment and development” of LGUs.

“More than a senator, Nene was a friend. We started PDP-Laban together, and have fought alongside each other on issues that will protect our people and promote progress,” he said.

The late senator was also a member of the Duterte’s consultative committee that undertakes to review the 1987 Constitution.

The Commission on Human Rights mourned with the country and described Pimentel as “fearless Filipino stateman and human rights defender.”

“Ka Nene will always be remembered for committing his life’s work to improving the lives of others, standing up for truth and integrity, and protecting our democracy,” it said.