By Charissa Luci-Atienza
The House of Representatives is set to hold today a necrological service in honor of the late AKO Bicol partylist Rep. Rodel M. Batocabe.
The necrological service will be held after a 10 a.m. requiem mass at the plenary hall of the House of Representatives.
“We celebrate his memory as an unyielding advocate of eradicating poverty through affordable quality education. He was also a proponent of legislative efforts to mitigate the occurrence of hazing and bullying in schools,” according to the program invitation sent to the media outfits.
“A lawyer by profession, he took a firm stand in promoting social justice, women empowerment, environmental protection, renewable energy and universal access to health and education,” it said.
Expected to join the service are Batocabe’s wife, Girtie and his two sons, Atty. Jhustine and Khiel.
The PNP Band will play “In Memoriam” By Buenaventura to mark the start of the service, to be followed by the invocation to be led by Kabayan party-list Rep. Paul Hernandez.
Gene Lopez will sing “What a Wonderful World” by George Weiss and Robert Thiele, after which, several personalities and House leaders, led by Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, will pay tribute to the late House leader.
Aside from Arroyo, among those who are expected to deliver eulogies for Batocabe are Atty. John Reyes, Justices Vicente V. Mendoza and Presbitero Jose Velasco, Jr., former 1-Care party-list Rep. Michael Angelo Rivera, House Minority Leader and Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez, and Deputy Speaker and AAMBIS-OWA party-list Rep. Sharon Garin.
After the eulogy, Lopez will render a song “Imagine” by John Winston Lennon during the necrological service.
Jhustine Batocabe will respond to the eulogies and there will be an Offering of the Legislative Memorabilia.
The PNP Band will then play “Nearer, My God, to Thee” by Lowell Mason ending the necrological service.
“The late Hon. Rodel M. Batocabe was an exemplar of how the party-list framework effectively works for the Filipino people,” the program invitation cited.
Batocabe was the delegate of Ako Bicol Party-List to Congress for three consecutive terms and a lead convenor and spokesperson of the Party-List Coalition
in the past Congresses.
In the 17th Congress, he was the president of the 50-member Party-List Coalition.
Batocabe, who was running for mayor in the Daraga town, and his security escort, SPO1 Orlando Diaz were shot dead on December 22, 2018 at Brgy. Burgos, Daraga, Albay while they were leaving a gift-giving event for senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs).
The Philippine National Police (PNP) had filed double murder and frustrated murder charges against Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo Baldo and his alleged cohorts in Albay.