Sunday, December 30, 2012

End of an era: Erico passes away

Boholanos here and abroad were united in mourning after the passing of Bohol 2nd district Rep. Erico Boyles Aumentado.
According to Boy Pernia, Aumentado passed away at the St. Luke’s Medical Center-Global City, 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 25 after a bout with pneumonia.

He was 72.
                           
Aumentado chaired the House ethics committee and was the chairman in forming the guidelines to make public the Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth of House members.
In a statement, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. called Aumentado an “exemplary public servant.”
 “He [Aumentado] deserves full credit for transforming Bohol into one of the most progressive, peaceful and richest provinces today. He was truly an outstanding solon -- learned, dedicated, and principled,” Belmonte said.
 He also lauded the late congressman for his “integrity and honor” which “have never been in doubt.”
“He [Aumentado] died a poor man because he never made politics the source of his livelihood. He was a very dear friend for whom I had the highest respect both as a colleague in Congress and in the writing profession,” the House leader added.
Occidental Mindoro Representative Amelita Villarosa, a colleague of Aumentado in the House minority bloc, said the late congressman will be remembered for transforming Bohol into one of the country's most peaceful provinces.
"He had made a record of having won all his political battles since 1967," Villarosa said, as he recalled how Aumentado rose from extreme poverty to become a lawyer and a public servant.
Charina and her dad
Aumentado served his constituents "so humbly yet so honorably," said Cebu Rep. Eduardo Gullas. “Your monument need not be erected in marble for it is enshrined in the heart of each and every Boholano,” he said.
Meanwhile, Aumentado’s daughter, Charina, described the late lawmaker as “my hero, my inspiration, my father.”
 “We commemorate Jesus birth last night as it marked the day we came into redemption. Last night, our dearest papa Rico joins our creator. The saddest Christmas for us , his beloved family, as he left coincidentally as Jesus came. Papa Erico wants us to celebrate instead of mourning every time we remember the time he left for this world. Papa, go ahead in your journey.... Yet alone ....but the lives you've touched and the inspirational life you've lived will forever be remembered. We love you always, We will miss you very much...” she posted on Facebook.
Aumentado’s son, Erico Angelo, also shared his thoughts about his father.  “He was a self made man. He owes his success to God only who gave him his intellect. A gift God took last until his last breath. With no voice to speak, he managed to show how important his work is... A painful sight only his family witnessed. His dedication to serve the people was his life. Public service is not a position for him... It was his vocation and calling. His presence is strong even without words. His face radiates with inner goodness. His body became weak and frail... But his mind remains vibrant and brilliant. A great mind with a good heart. Forever he will be missed.., a void never will be replaced.. But heaven is your place now. Rest well papa.. Your legacy will remain unsurpassed! PAPA ERICO I LOVE YOU...”
The provincial government of Bohol has declared a period of mourning and hoisting of national and provincial flags at half mast in honor of Aumentado starting Wednesday until his burial day on Jan. 5, 2013.
Shortly after the news broke, people also expressed their condolences on the death of Aumentado on the social networking site. His work and legacy were remembered by many people.
Steven Suganob- Condolence to the family of the late Congressman Erico Boyles Aumentado. Our prayers and sympathy. Tried to call you, Charina Aumentado extend our condolences. Our prayers to your Mama (Nang Grennie) and siblings (Aris Aumentado, Erico Angelo Cabagnot Aumentado, Rainer Maria Cabagnot Aumentado). He is such a great loss to the Province of Bohol but his legacy will be remembered forever.
Half mast for Aumentado in the province
Benjie Oliva-I pay tribute to the man that made me what I am today! I thank you for you have trained me well. You are a great loss to our province but your deeds and goodness will live on us forever. RIP Rep. Erico B. Aumentado. My condolences to Mam Grennie and d Aumentado family.
Chin Vader- Half-staff for the passing of a good son.
Ulysses Cagande- OUR DEEPEST AND SINCEREST CONDOLENCE TO THE BEREAVED FAMILY OF THE LATE GREATMAN OF BOHOL, CONGRESSMAN ERICO AUMENTADO......it can not be denied by our group yesterday when we visited the IRRIGATION DAMS of MALINAO and BAYONGAN wherein his name came out that, BASTA AUMENTADO mga kabasakan sa BOHOL IRRIGADO...WE CAN NOT FORGET YOU SIR!....MAY YOUR SOUL MAY REST IN PEACE!!!!....our prayers for you.....from cebu with love.......OUR PRAYERS GOES THIS WAY.......pahulay nga dayon ihatag nimo kaniya oh GINOO, ug ang kahayag nga walay pagkapalong, modan ag unta kaniya hangtod sa kahangturan....amen...
Anna Maris Igpit- Bohol lost a great man. My deepest condolences to the family of former Governor and Congressman Erico Aumentado. May he rest in peace.
Trisha Chatto- Our deepest condolences to the family of Cong. Erico Aumentado. May he rest peacefully in the arms of our Lord.
Judith Uy-Sumatra- I was terribly shocked to hear that Cong. Erico Boyles Aumentado passed away last night. His 9-year performance as governor of Bohol was a trail-blazer especially in terms of poverty reduction and peace development. Condolence to Ma'am Grenie and family! Christmas will never be the same again.
Aumentado's remains arrive in Tagbilaran City, Dec. 29
Glenda Ceniza Maniwang- I have my own personal encounters with Cong. Erico, while we were working with people’s organizations. Most of these groups we have met referred to him as the “Father of Cooperatives” here in Bohol. He championed the needs of the masses. He provided them irrigation dams where it is needed and we owe to him the cemented roads all around Bohol, hence the slogan, “Basta Aumentado, ang calzada cementado.” This project has contributed mainly to the rise of tourism activities in Bohol. My father & mother, who are very good friends of Cong. Erico, told us stories of the many times that Cong. Erico upheld what was for the common good. His integrity, according to my father, is something that we should emulate. I would say, he was not just a politician, but a statesman to the highest degree.
Roger Gee Gatal- Our Deepest Condolonces to you and your Family.. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers...
In Ubay, Bohol
Mellanie Wallace- A very sad day for us boholanos.. RIP, Erico Boyles Aumentado, you were truly a blessing to our community. You and the deeds you did for us will NEVER be forgotten.
Raul Phillip Orimaco Gatal- One of the greatest leaders that Bohol has ever produced has already gone to the Great Beyond leaving behind not only a grieving family but also legions of paisanos that mourn his untimely demise. He will be remembered for the legacy of good governance, tangible projects and a better and progressive Bohol. May we all set aside our politics and differences for the meantime and reach out to the Aumentado family on their hour of bereavement.
Reuben J. Gulle-My deepest sympathy to the family of my former "boss", CONG. ERICO B. AUMENTADO, whose untimely demise had left a vacuum in the field of development management in the province of Bohol. He was a trailblazer and a visionary whose plans made Bohol to what it is now... a top tourist destination in the Philippines. Thank you Sir Rico for giving me the opportunity to work with you. It was such a wonderful experience working you. Am praying for the eternal repose of your soul. Paalam!
Atty. Julius Gregory Batausa Delgado-In behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Association of Young Boholanos in Metro Manila, Inc., our deepest sympathy to the bereaved family of the late Hon. Erico Aumentado, representative 2nd District and former Governor of the Province of Bohol. He was one of the finest public servants Bohol ever had.
Gisela May Apalisok Leggington- My condolences to the Aumentado family. May he rest in peace. Take it easy Angelo. Please extend my condolences to your Mama Genie and the whole family. I was shocked to know his demise. He was such a great man. He touched many peoples' lives, including mine. Good bye Sir Erico!
At Ubay Gym
Fr. J Roel Lungay- rest in peace, former governor and congressman, erico b. aumentado. you've done a great service to bohol and the boholanos. you will not be forgotten!
Jennifer Matig-a Alforque- Our deepest condolences to the Aumentado Family Charina Aumentado, Erico Angelo Cabagnot Aumentado, Vanessa Cadorna Aumentado, Joerick Cleavon Aumentado Villamor.. Thank you for the great things that you've done to our province. A great family man indeed, you'll surely be missed by everyone but your legacy will live on... Our prayers and love to the whole family.. HUGS..
Hazel Vallejos-de Asis- There are facts in life which are hard to understand and harder to accept. Although we all know that we can't physically live forever, it still tears our hearts to pieces when someone dear to us leaves ahead. To one of our father figures, to the man who wouldn't make any other appointment on my wedding day, to the man who has mesmerized me with his memory of people's first names (irregardless of social bracket), to the man who finds bliss in just sitting on my parents' rocking chair, to the man who preferred my Mom's cooking rather than the resto, to the man who would suddenly invite me & Man2 to dinner just to chat, to the man who would have connected Jetafe,Bohol & Cordova,Cebu with a bridge, to the man who has done great things for Bohol, NINONG ERICO, may God grant you eternal rest & peace. There are still a lot of "why's" in our mind, and we can only lean on the thought that God has a reason for everything. For you to leave on Christ's birthday may be a good sign that you're in good hands. We will surely miss you but your memory will forever be etched in our hearts & in the hearts of a lot more others whose lives you have touched. We thank God for allowing us to share in your inspiring life.
Marjy Maluenda-Fisher- To one of the greatest man i know Congressman Erico Aumentado, thank you for the service you have given to Bohol, the place i call home. And to the family he left behind Aris Aumentado, from my whole family to yours, our heartfelt condolences, your dad was a great man.
Fritzie Mae Dote Zamora- Aris, my heartfelt Condolences to your family. His Legacy will always be remembered.
Tess Labunog-Sumampong- WE ARE SADDENED BY THE DEATH OF CONGRESSMAN ERICO AUMENTADO..OUR CONDOLENCES to the FAMILY.
Fatima Mapesos- We will miss you boss!
Fellow public servants also posted their heartfelt messages on Facebook about the Boholano icon.
“RIP Hon.Erico Aumentado-A remarkable man. Orphaned at 8, he persevered to finish school w/highest honors & devoted hs life to public service,” Emmeline Aglipay of Diwa Partylist tweeted.
Zambales Representative Milagros MitosMagsaysay tweeted,” Attended the Necrological service for Cong. Erico  Aumentado...my deepest sympathy to his family..”
Cebu Rep. Rachel “Cutie" del Mar also tweeted that she attended the special requiem mass for Aumentado. She posted a photo on tweeter.
“This is a shock. My deepest condolences to the family & constituents,” tweeted Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy CasiƱo
“Sad post-Christmas news. Rest In Peace Gov/Cong Rico Aumentado of Bohol. We will definitely miss you,” tweeted Dato Arroyo.
Lani Mercado-Revilla tweeted, “Condolences to the family of Cong. Aumentado of Bohol. Another good man lost in Congress.”
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