Former lawmaker Rolando Andaya passes away

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Posted at Jun 30 2022 01:37 PM | Updated as of Jul 01 2022 12:55 PM

Former lawmaker Rolando Andaya passses away

MANILA (2nd UPDATE)— Former Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando "Nonoy" Andaya Jr. has passed away, his family announced on his official Facebook page Thursday.

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"We request for your fervent prayers for his eternal repose, and to allow us, his family, to grieve privately our loss," his children Ranton and Katrina wrote.

They did not specify the cause of his death.

Andaya made headlines in the Halalan 2022 campaign season when he backed the presidential bid of former Vice President Leni Robredo, a fellow Bicol native.

Prior to this, however, he floated the idea of a tandem between eventual Vice President Sara Duterte and former Defense Secretary Gilbert "Gibo" Teodoro.

Andaya also ran for Camarines Sur governor in May, but lost to Luigi Villafuerte. 

Albay 2nd District Rep. Joey Salceda mourned the passing of his colleague, who served as budget secretary of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

"He was my good friend and we worked together under President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. It’s truly sad especially after he lost his wife and now of course it’s himself. Nakakalungkot (it's sad) because he’s a stalwart of the national budgeting process," he told ANC's Headstart.

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Budget Secretary Amenah Pangandaman said Andaya "instituted reforms to strengthen the DBM’s services." 

"May we all remember his passion and upstanding trait as a leader and a public servant. To his family, I wish you comfort, courage, and strength during this time of sorrow," Pangandaman said in a statement. 

"Sec. Andaya, thank you for your service. Let it be known that you have made your mark in the history of our country," she added. 
 

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