FORMER Senate President Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr. was confined at the intensive care unit of an unspecified hospital as of yesterday evening, according to the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino – Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).
“We are humbly asking our friends and partymates in the PDP-Laban to pray for the full & speedy recovery of our founder and Chairman Emeritus Tatay Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel, Jr. who is currently in the ICU,” party public information chief Ronwald Munsayac announced on his Twitter account at 7:21 p.m.
Pimentel’s son, Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, confirmed the news by sharing Munsayac’s Twitter announcement. The son had not issued his own statement as of press time, nor were more details about the 85-year old statesman’s condition disclosed.
Pimentel founded the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino in 1982. In 1986, it merged with the Lakas ng Bayan the party, which was founded by the late former senator Benigno Aquino Jr.
Pimentel was senator from 1987 to 1992, and again from 1998 to 2010. He served as Senate Minority Floor Leader from 2001 to 2002, and 2004 to 2010.
He was voted Senate President from 2000 to 2001. He assisted then Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr. in presiding over the impeachment trial of former president Joseph Estrada.