MANILA—President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday visited the wake of his friend and political ally, former senator Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel, who died due to cancer on Sunday.
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Duterte is coming off a trip from Japan that was cut short because he was experiencing “unbearable pain”, which was apparently brought about by a motorcycle spill last week.
After his plane touched down at Villamor Air Base in Pasay City, Duterte and his entourage motored to Heritage Memorial Park in Taguig City, site of Pimentel’s wake.
Ron Munsayac, the PDP-Laban party spokesperson, shared photos of Duterte at the wake.
Pimentel was the founder of PDP-Laban. The party’s current president is his son, Sen. Koko Pimentel, while Duterte is its chairman.
Pimentel, who was a fierce critic of former strongman Ferdinand Marcos, was also an advocate of federalism for the Philippines, which Duterte is also pushing for.
The democracy icon is survived by his wife and 6 children, including Koko Pimentel and human rights commissioner Gwendolyn Pimentel-Gana.