DAGUPAN CITY -- Pangasinense leaders who have worked with the late Press Secretary Cerge Remonde expressed grief over the passing away of the Cabinet official.

Both Representative (4th district, Pangasinan) Jose de Venecia Jr. and retired Philippine National Police (PNP) General Leopoldo Bataoil said Remonde is a great loss to the Arroyo administration.

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“He had been my partner and adviser when I was the Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesman. I have always consulted him in various media matters and also on peace and order issues and he was always there to lend a helping hand,” said Bataoil.

De Venecia, meanwhile, remembers Remonde as a gentleman, a dedicated and God-fearing person.

“We were friends for the last 30 years since he was emerging as public educator in Cebu. Definitely, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo ad the nation will miss him. He is a hardworking and dedicated Christian. I grieve with his family and I will say many prayers for him,” said de Venecia, himself a former journalist.

Meanwhile, Pangasinan Press Club President Allan Sison said he is coordinating with National Press Club President Benny Antiporda for the visit of some local mediamen at the wake of Remonde before his remains will be flown to Cebu where he will be buried. (LCMY/Sunnex)