Kagay-anons prepare for arrival of ‘Tatay Nene’

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 22 Oct) – The casket bearing the remains of the late Senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr. will arrive via the Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental, about 34 kilometers away, on Wednesday afternoon.

Former Senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr. (left)  and Cagayan de Oro City Oscar Moreno in 2016. MindaNews file photo by FROILAN GALLARDO

City Information Officer Maricel Casiño-Rivera said elaborate preparations are underway for the arrival of this city’s illustrious son, who died in Manila last Sunday.

Rivera said a small party that will include Mayor Oscar Moreno will meet the Philippine Air Force plane at the airport.

“There will be no arrival honors. The casket will immediately be transferred to a waiting hearse,” Rivera said.

From Laguindingan, Rivera said the convoy of vehicles will slowly motor to Cagayan de Oro, passing through Vamenta Boulevard in Barangay Carmen and turn left to Ysalina Bridge and to the Cagayan de Oro City Hall.

Rivera said the coffin of the late senator will be viewed by the public at the Tourism Hall where necrological services will held Wednesday night.

She said hundreds of school children and residents will line up along Vamenta Boulevard to catch a glimpse of the late senator.

The death of Pimentel, PDP-Laban political party founder, came as a shock to residents here who have fondly called him as their “Tatay Nene.” (Froilan Gallardo / MindaNews)