Rep. Aumentado succumbs to pneumonia-A A +A
Thursday, December 27, 2012
NEWS about the death of Rep. Erico Aumentado (Bohol, 2nd District) has shocked fellow political leaders who knew him as an achiever and was instrumental in uplifting the lives of his constituents.
Aumentado, a son of a tuba gatherer in Ubay, Bohol, supported himself to become a lawyer and later on rose to political fame, holding various elective positions, such as board member, vice governor, governor and congressman.
Aumentado died at 8 p.m. on Christmas Day at St. Luke’s Hospital, where he was confined since Dec. 10.
He was a three-term governor of Bohol and was seeking re-election for his second term as congressman.
Department of Trade and Industry 7 Director Asteria Cabarnot Caberte, Aumentado’s niece-in-law, said the congressman held a meeting last Nov. 21 for the final draft of his district-wide detailed development plan, which he believed can improve the life of the people in the rural areas.
Peregrina Cabagnot Aumentado, the congressman’s wife, is the sister of Caberte’s mother, Concepcion Cabagnot of Tagbilaran City.
The development plan, which would be implemented at the barangay level, was supported by the director general of the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda).
The meeting was attended by officials of the local government units and National Government Agencies.
In the meeting, they decided to launch the program last Dec. 17 but was put off because Aumentado was admitted to St. Lukes last Dec. 10 for pneumonia.
“He wanted to launch the development plan with a government budget as a gift to the people of the second district of Bohol. But he got sick and never made it to the launching”, Caberte said.
Caberte criticized some media people in Bohol for unfairly accusing Aumentado of having no stand on the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill during the voting last week.
“That’s an irresponsible statement, which was unfair to Tito Erico. The fact was that he (Aumentado) wanted to go to Congress to vote, but he was prevented by St. Luke’s doctors from leaving his sickbed,” Caberte said.
Deputy House Speaker Pablo Garcia (Cebu, second district) expressed sadness on the untimely demise of his friend, fellow legislator and former fellow governor.
“I was shocked this morning to hear the news about his death. He had full of ideas. He was a friend of every other member of the House of Representatives. His death is not only a loss to Bohol but to the entire country”, Garcia said.
Garcia and Aumentado both worked as governors and congressmen, although their terms varied.
It was during his governorship in Bohol that Aumentado became the chairman of the Regional Development Council (RDC) 7.
Emmanuel Rabacal, the chairperson of the RDC’s Infrastructure Development Committee, said Aumentado was able to facilitate the concreting of the circumferential roads (around Bohol Province).
Rabacal said Aumentado was also able to facilitate the power interconnection through submarine cable from Leyte to Bohol, the Bohol Irrigation System, and the Panglao International Airport.
Rabacal added that Aumentado also advocated for the construction of a bridge between Cordova, Cebu and Getafe, Bohol which he called the “Friendship Bridge.”
The proposed bridge is under a pre-feasibility study by the Korean International Cooperation Agency.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 27, 2012.