Salute! Oriental Mindoro Rep. Leachon remembers PNoy

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Oriental Mindoro Rep. Doy Leachon has remembered the few instances that he met the late former President Benigno Aquino III.

Leachon said that he first met Aquino in 2009 during the birthday party of Rep. Alfonso PA Umali at the Oriental Mindoror High School.

“Taong 2009, nagkataong nakausap ko sya noong birthday ni Cong PA Umali at sinamahan ko syang magpahangin sa labas ng OMHS gym kung saan mayrong programa. Sabi nya sa akin, noong Senador pa sya, ‘Mayor hayaan mo silang mangampanya, tayo ay sa labas na muna,” Leachon recalled.

One year later, Aquino became president. In 2010, Leachon was appointed as National Vice Chairman of the League of Cities.

“Taong 2011, sa dalawang pagkakataon iginawad nya sakin ang 2 parangal bilang Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) of the Philippines at sa City Government Of Calapan bilang ‘One of only 3 City Governments’ sa bansa bilang ISO Certified,” he said.

The lawmaker said that the few instances he interacted with PNoy were worth remembering.

“Truly, a few occasions with him forever worth remembering as my up close and personal meeting with once we called the President who exemplified simplicity and decency in his tenure for his people,” he said.

“Our prayers and salute to the guy who rose to the highest position of the land unexpectedly but tried his very best to emulate his parents who were well-loved and respected by the Filipino people. All these, despite his limitation as a simple man, he did as President of the Philippines,” he also said.