Palace extends sympathies to Tan family

Published November 11, 2019, 9:21 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Genalyn Kabiling

Malacañang has offered its deep sympathies following the passing of PAL Holdings Inc. President Lucio “Bong” Tan Jr., remembering him as a good and humble person.

Presidential Chief Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo (MANILA BULLETIN)

Tan, the son and namesake of business magnate Lucio Tan, passed away Monday morning. He was 53.

“The Palace has been informed of the passing of Mr. Lucio “Bong” Tan, Jr., President and Chief Operating Officer of PAL Holdings, Inc., this morning, November 11, following his admission to a hospital after he collapsed while playing basketball, a sport he dearly loved, during the weekend,” Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said.

“The Office of the President expresses its deep condolences and heartfelt sympathies to the Tan family, especially to Mr. Lucio Tan, his wife and his children, on the untimely demise of Mr. Bong Tan at the age of 53,” he added.

Panelo remembered Tan as a humble person “with a serious mien but with a ready smile to whomsoever he met in social events and official functions.” He added that Tan never threw his weight around and offered help to anyone in need.

“He was a good friend, a kind-hearted brother to his siblings, a loving and dutiful son to his parent, and an efficient and competent corporate man,” Panelo said.

“As family, friends and colleagues pay tribute to the life of Mr. Bong Tan, we fervently ask the Almighty to grant him eternal repose and pray that perpetual light shine upon him as he rests in happiness and peace,” he added.