Senior Citizens party-list solon dies

SENIOR Citizens party-list Rep. Francisco Datol has passed away. He was 71.

His untimely death was announced by House Secretary General Jose Luis Montales yesterday morning.

“It is with deep sadness that we inform you that Cong. Jun Datol passed away a few hours ago,” Montales said.

As of press time, the House and even the family has no yet confirmed the cause of death.

“We will give you the details as soon as we receive them. May he rest in peace. Our heartfelt condolences to his loved ones,” Montales added.

Some House of Representatives members joined the Senior Citizens party-list in mourning Datol’s death.

Deputy Speaker and party-list coalition president MIkee Romero said Datol is a big loss for the group because of his determination, perseverance and energy in pushing for meaningful measures that will help the senior citizens.

“My sympathies to the Senior Citizens party-list whose officers and members have been the driving force behind Congressman Datol’s strong effort to push legislation for the welfare of seniors all over the country,” Romero said.

“We have lost a determined advocate for the poor and marginalized,” he added.

Datol was on his second term as congressman and is currently the chairperson of the House committee on senior citizens.  Among his pending bills are for the protection of the welfare of the elderly.

The solon only took his oath as Senior Citizens party-list Representative in December 2019 due to internal dispute within the party.

For her part, Bagong Henerasyon party-list Rep. Bernadette Herrera said she will remember Datol as a funny and energetic colleague.

She called Datol her “phonepal” as they talked almost every day to push measures on the welfare of senior citizens.

“Hindi ko na-feel na siya ay may edad na dahil sa enerhiyang ipinamalas niya sa tuwing nagtatrabaho, lalo na sa komite. Bilib din ako sa kahandaan niyang tumulong sa mga nangangailangan,” Herrera said.