HOUSE Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez on Friday honored the huge contribution to the country’s socio-economic development of the late chairman and CEO of San Miguel Corporation Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco Jr. who died last Tuesday night at the age of 85.
Romualdez said Cojuangco, chairman emeritus of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) and a former ambassador, is a “philanthropist, a renowned business leader and an outstanding Filipino.”
“The unparalleled success of Boss Danding in business sector contributed immensely to our economy, employment, and nation-building.
His compassion to help and serve deeply inspired and taught us the value of generosity, perseverance and hard work,” said Romualdez, the chairman of the House committee on rules and co-chairperson of the Defeat COVID-19 Ad Hoc Committee (DCC) with Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano.
“He was a powerful force in the progress of business industry. He made an impact on the lives of many Filipinos and definitely his hard work will continue to inspire many generations,” said Romualdez, a lawyer from the University of the Philippines (UP) and President of the Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa).
Quezon Rep. Mark Enverga, NPC spokesman, also expressed profound condolences to the loved ones of Cojuangco.
“With deep sorrow and profound grief, the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC) mourns the passing of our beloved Ambassador EDUARDO "DANDING" COJUANGCO, JR. Our Chairman, party patriarch, friend and loving kindhearted leader.”
“For almost three decades, he led the party to greater heights to become an institutionalized Party whose members truly represent the interest of the people and whose membership are made up of political leaders who value their affiliation to the party and are working together to ensure the enactment of a program of government that are both practical, enforceable and more importantly Pro- Filipino.
"B.O.S.S Danding", his works, contributions and legacy will always be remembered and greately will he be missed by his partymates. A true Nationalist, kind, thoughtful and just person eager to share his thoughts, skills and abilities with his peers, friends and even to others who need his wise advise and counsel. Please join us in prayer as we remember our very own Boss Danding, as we remain committed to his words,” said Enverga.
"Through the years, we have already laid down the foundation and tradition of excellence and service for this nation. Let us therefore think and strive for higher goals to obtain reforms where needed.
Let us be true to our party’s goals and commitments to this country and to God," Enverga added.
Even in these trying times, Romualdez took note of Cojuangco’s contribution to the Duterte administration through SMC’s support and assistance to the frontliners and vulnerable sectors in cushioning the impact of the coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19).
Romualdez, president of the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD), also extended his condolences to the family of Cojuangco whom he described as a very trustworthy, selfless and respectful leader” and will be “remembered for leading an honorable life.”
“I join our friends with thoughts of comfort in extending our sincere sympathies to the Cojuangco family during this very painful time.
He will be included in our prayers,” said Romualdez.
“Boss Danding was an excellent mentor and truly a model. His leadership, brilliance and friendship will be missed, but he will never be forgotten. He lived a full life as a public servant.
His legacy will continue,” said Romualdez.
Cojuangco served as Tarclac governor from 1967 to 1969 and a staunch supporter of basketball in the Philippines.
Through SMC, Cojuangco was able to own three teams in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA)—San Miguel Beermen, Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, and Star Hotshots.