NPC, solons pay tribute to ‘Boss Danding’

Published June 19, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Ben Rosario

House Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez joined the Nationalist People’s Coalition on Friday in honoring the late Amb. Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco, for his significant contributions to the country’s socio-economic and political development.


“The unparalleled success of Boss Danding in business sector contributed immensely to our economy, employment, and nation-building. His compassion to help and serve deeply inspired and taught us the value of generosity, perseverance and hard work,” said Romualdez in a statement yesterday.

Cojuangco, 85, founded the NPC which became one of the top political parties that produced key national and local leaders in the country. He died June 17, 2020.

In a statement released by party spokesman and Quezon Rep. Mark M. Enverga, the NPC aired its wholehearted gratitude to Cojuangco for being “our chairman, party patriarch, friend and loving kindheared leader.”

“For almost three decades, he led the party to greater heights to become an institutionalized Party whose members truly represent the interest of the people and whose membership are made up of political leaders who value their affiliation to the party and are working together to ensure the enactment of a program of government that are both practical, enforceable and more importantly Pro- Filipino, the party said.

The NPC added: “B.O.S.S Danding”, his works, contributions and legacy will always be remembered and greately will he be missed by his partymates.”

Currently one of the biggest political party represented in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, the NPC called on Filipinos to join the party and Cojuangco’s family in praying for the late party leader.

“A true Nationalist, kind, thoughtful and just person eager to share his thoughts, skills and abilities with his peers, friends and even to others who need his wise advice and counsel,” the NPC statement said.

Romualdez , president of the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats party, said Cojuangco will be remembered as a “powerful force in the progress of business and industry” in the country and for leading “an honorable life.”

“He made an impact on the lives of many Filipinos and definitely his hard work will continue to inspire many generations,” he stated.

He added: “Boss Danding was an excellent mentor and truly a model. His leadership, brilliance and friendship will be missed, but he will never be forgotten. He lived a full life as a public servant. His legacy will continue.”

Congressmen from Mindanao also gave their final tribute Friday to Cojuangco who they described as a philanthropist and a leading industrialist.

“His strong presence and contribution to the nation – whether to the economy, sports or politics has immensely impacted the lives of many Filipino families,” said Maguindanao 2nd district Rep. Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu.

“Ever the philanthropist, he helped many of our youths finish their education and encouraged them to get into sports,” Mangudadatu said of the San Miguel Corporation (SMC) chairman and chief executive officer (CEO).

“We have seen how companies, like San Miguel Corporation which he chaired, came to the aid of the country during a crisis. Our prayers are with him for the eternal repose of his soul as we convey our heartfelt condolences to everyone he has left behind,” said the solon, who chairs the Peace, Reconciliation and Unity Committee at the House of Representatives.

Deputy Speaker and Surigao del Sur 2nd district Rep. Johnny Pimentel who extended his “deepest condolences to the family of Boss Danding” said: “He was one of the leading industrialists of our country. He steered SMC into one global corporation with interests in diversified businesses,” Pimentel noted.

The Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) spokesperson added that Cojuangco’s passing Tuesday night was a big loss to the nation.

Aside from his links to politics, Cojuangco is also known for his support for Philippine basketball. In fact SMC owns several team franchises in the Philippine Basketball Association, including the popular Barangay Ginebra. (With a report from Ellson Quismorio)