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SLIDESHOW: The life and times of Nene Pimentel

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Posted at Oct 21 2019 01:25 PM | Updated as of Oct 21 2019 04:42 PM

Former Senate President and fierce critic of the Marcos dictatorship Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel has passed away, his family said Sunday. He was 85.

Born on December 11, 1933, Pimentel served as senator for 17 years and was one of the founders of the party PDP-Laban which became the single largest group to run against the presidency of Ferdinand Marcos.

PDP-Laban currently has his son Sen. Koko Pimentel as president and President Rodrigo Duterte as its chairman.

As a critic of Marcos, he was arrested a total of four times with the last one being served under house arrest wherein he campaigned as assemblyman at the Batasan Pambansa. 

Pimentel won and lost a seat at the Batasan Pambansa after he was accused by the Marcos government of cheating.

After the EDSA Revolution, he served as Cory Aquino’s interior secretary and later, adviser and chief negotiator with the Muslim rebels. He resigned from the Cabinet to run for the Senate in 1987.

Pimentel served as senator from 1987 to 1992, and from 1998 to 2010. He was Senate President from 2000 to 2001. During his time as a Senator, he authored and sponsored laws that created the Philippine Sports Commission, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, and the Philippine National Police. 

He was also behind the Local Government Code of 1991 and the Generic Drugs Act. 

He is survived by his wife and 6 children, including Sen. Koko and human rights commissioner Gwendolyn Pimentel-Gana. 

Then Mayor Aquilino Pimentel Jr. inside his office.Photo courtesy of the Pimentel family

Aquilino Pimentel Jr. with Juling Ouano, left. Ouano and Pimentel became friends as he was interned in Cebu.Photo courtesy of the Pimentel family

Aquilino Pimentel Jr. in jail.Photo courtesy of the Pimentel family

The Pimentels, surrounded by security guards, as they go to church.Photo courtesy of the Pimentel family

First PDP Convention in Cagayan de Oro in 1983.Photo courtesy of the Pimentel family

Aquilino Pimentel Jr. with Cory and Ninoy Aquino.Photo courtesy of the Pimentel family

After speaking at this gathering in 1984, Aqulino Pimentel Jr. was kicked out of Batasan.Photo courtesy of the Pimentel family

Aquilino Pimentel Jr. campaigns for Cory Aquino.Photo courtesy of the Pimentel family

Philippines Supreme Court Chief Justice Hilario Davide (R) and Senate President Aquilino Pimentel (right) talk as star prosecution witness Luis Singson (not pictured) testifies at the historic impeachment trial of Philippine President Joseph Estrada in Manila, 13 December 2000. Singson, the self-confessed "bagman" for Estrada, testified that the president pocketed millions of US dollars in payoffs from illegal gambling syndicates.Romeo Gacad, AFP

Opposition senators, from left, Tessie Aquino-Oreta, Aquilino Pimentel, and Vicente Sotto III, raise their hands as they vote against the counting of votes from Sweden during the counting of presidential ballots at Congress in suburban Quezon City, north of Manila, Monday June 7, 2004. President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said a plot to destabilize the government, which includes huge protests designed to derail a count of the May 10 presidential ballot, has failed to get the support of the military, police and poor Filipinos.Aaron Favila, AP

Senators launch the Gloria Resign Movement at the Senate on April 5, 2005 with Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel Jr. spearheading a sticker campaign that coincided with the birthday of President Arroyo. Among those who supported the campaign were Senate President Franklin Drilon, Senators Jamby Madrigal, Panfilo Lacson and Jinggoy Estrada.Joseph Vidal, PRIB

Senator Koko Pimentel joined by his wife, Kathryna Yu-Pimentel, and father, former Senate President Nene Pimentel, took his oath today, June 10, 2019, as Senator of the 18th Congress before Marikina Mayor Marcy Teodoro at the Marikina City Hall.From Koko Pimentel's Facebook account