By Bohol Island News Staff / 11:49 PM October 20, 2019
Freedom fighter and former Senate President Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr. passed away at 5 a.m. on Sunday, October 20, his son, Senator Koko Pimentel, confirmed.
He was 85 years old.
“Our beloved Tatay Nene has joined his Creator at 5 a.m. today, Oct. 20, 2019. We thank all those who have been a part of his life. We ask for prayers for the repose of Tatay Nene’s soul,” Koko Pimentel said in a Twitter post.
The Pimentel patriarch’s death came less than a week after he was put in an intensive care unit (ICU) last October 14.
Although visibly ill, the older Pimentel continued to be a public figure to the end, speaking in conferences and granting media interviews to speak on his favorite topic, federalism which was his dream since he was mayor of Cagayan de Oro in the 1980s.
The elder Pimentel, who hails from Cagayan de Oro, authored the Local Code of the Philippines, RA 7160, that granted greater powers to local governments.
He served as Senate President from 2000 to 2001.
Interior Secretary Eduardo Año directed all local governments to fly their flags at half-staff in honor of Pimentel.