Presidential Anti-Crime Commission Chairman (PACC) Dante Jimenez died on Friday night, Jan. 29, due to aortic aneurysm, his family has confirmed.
In a Facebook post on Saturday morning, Arsenio Evangelista, president of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC), shared the statement of Jimenez’s family regarding their patriarch’s passing.
“With deep sorrow, the Family announces the passing away of Dante La. Jimenez, PACC Chairman due to Aortic Aneurysm at 9:43 p.m., Friday, January 29, 2021,” the post read.
“We ask for your prayers for the eternal repose of a man who devoted his life in the crusade against crime and corruption and for good governance,” it added.
“We will miss him so dearly. May he rest in peace,” it furthered.
In the same post, Evangelista described Jimenez, who died at the age of 68, as someone who is passionate about his job and his family.
“A passionate anti-crime crusader & loving family man. Please join the family in prayers for his eternal rest,” he wrote.
In a statement on Saturday afternoon, Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said Jimenez was dedicated to advocating for a peaceful society.
“PACC Chair Jimenez spent most of his productive life advocating a just and peaceful society for Filipinos by fighting criminality and corruption,” he said.
“May the perpetual light shine upon him, and may the soul of Mr. Jimenez rest in eternal peace,” he added.
Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo expressed his condolences to Jimenez’s family and said he was surprised to hear the news about his passing.
“We are startled and saddened by the sudden demise of a friend, kababayan, and fellow public servant,” he said.
“His strength and zeal will be missed as we continue our campaign against criminality and corruption, among others,” he added.
Jimenez was appointed by President Duterte to head the PACC in January 2018. The PACC investigates and hears administrative cases of graft and corruption.
He likewise served as co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD), a post briefly held by Vice President Leni Robredo in 2019.
Prior to his stint in government, Jimenez founded the VACC, an advocacy group, in 1998.