Alonto’s ‘amiable and smiling presence’ will be missed – Panelo

Published May 10, 2019, 1:30 PM

by AJ Siytangco

By Genalyn Kabiling

Malacañang sent its condolences to the family of the late Mindanao Development Authority Secretary Datu Abul Khayr Dangcal Alonto, saying the nation is grateful for his contribution to the peace and development of the south.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo (OPS / MANILA BULLETIN)
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo (OPS / MANILA BULLETIN)

Alonto, the first Muslim chair of the Mindanao Development Authority, passed away Thursday. He was 73.

“The Palace expresses its deep sympathies and condolences to the family, friends, colleagues and loved ones of the late Secretary Datu Abul Khayr Dangcal Alonto,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.

Panelo recognized that Alonto has devoted his professional career in contributing to the socioeconomic transformation of Mindanao “from a land of promise to a land of fulfillment.”

“The nation is grateful for his services and we are confident that his legacy would continue to inspire leaders, government workers, and people to advance the cause of peace and development in Mindanao,” he said.

He also said they will miss Alonto’s “amiable and smiling presence.”

Before becoming a member of the President’s Cabinet, Alonto served the government in various capacities. He served as Marawi City Vice Mayor in 1972, became acting Marawi City Mayor in 1974, and worked as Assemblyman in 1979. He was also Interim Head of the Regional Autonomous Government.

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