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Naga Councilor Mila Raquid Arroyo pays tribute to her late mentor Dinky Soliman

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Naga Councilor Mila Raquid Arroyo is one of the officials mourning the death of the late former Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman.

In a Facebook post, Arroyo paid tribute to Soliman, who she described as one of her mentors.

Arroyo said she would forever be thankful to Soliman for helping her see that knowledge of the law is a strong tool to advance the cause of the marginalized sectors of our society.

They met when Arroyo was a Jesuit volunteer, and Soliman helped nurture her interest in community organizing which was first planted by Ateneo De Naga, she said.

She is thankful to Soliman for the many things she taught her and for the resolve to continue the work to which Soliman had dedicated herself, she said.

Soliman will be missed!

“Dinky Juliano-Soliman was my mentor, along with Butch Abad, Ging Deles, Me-an Ignacio, Jing Karaos, and Fr. Tito Caluag, to whom I am forever truly grateful for helping me realize that knowledge of the law is one strong tool in advancing the cause of the marginalized sectors of our society. I met Dinky in my assignment as a Jesuit Volunteer in 1986. I and Ago (my JVP buddy from Ateneo de Davao) were assigned to backstaff Butch Abad as Secretariat of the Lakas ng Sambayan (the coalition that was formed between Bandila and Bayan right after the Edsa Revolution). Dinky facilitated the growth of the seed of commitment to community organizing planted in my heart by the Ateneo de Naga, particularly by my social integration mentor, Cesar Villanueva, as the way to empower the people.

For all that you have taught me… the resolve to continue in the work you have dedicated yourself to… for our country and our people… I thank you so very much!

Farewell, Dinky. Rest in the Peace of our Creator.