Former Senate President Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel passed away on Sunday morning. He was 85.
His son, Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III made the announcement on Twitter.
“Our beloved Tatay Nene has joined his Creator at 5 am 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. Thank you to all.”
Last week, Pimentel was admitted to the intensive care unit of an undisclosed hospital after falling “very ill” according to his family.
The 85-year old former lawmaker rose to national prominence in 1971 when he was elected as delegate to the Constitutional Convention representing Misamis Oriental.
In 1982, he founded the PDP-Laban to oppose the then-ruling Kilusang Bagong Lipunan of former President Ferdinand Marcos.
He was senator from 1987 to 1992 and again from 1998 to 2010. He served as Senate president from 2000 to 2001, and as Senate minority leader from 2001 to 2002, and 2004 to 2010.
During his time in the Senate, he authored and sponsored several key pieces of legislation including the Local Government Code of 1991, the Cooperative Code, the Philippine Sports Commission Act, among others.