An ally until the end
This is the conviction ex-president Rodrigo Duterte has impressed upon the public in general when a political disciple has achieved laurels or figured in disgrace or a downfall much more, passed on to the next level like death.
Ex-president Rodrigo Duterte
It must have been an official gesture if not a social obligation but Duterte's paying his last respects to Martin Diño, one of his coterie in his past regime — as undersecretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and a short-lived stint chairmanship of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) — was more than personal.
Dino was responsible for paving the way for Duterte's rapid rise to national prominence when he cancelled his Certificate of Candidacy (CoC) as mayor of Pasay City on the eleventh hour and replaced it in favor of Duterte's presidential bid.
Dino died of lung cancer last August 8, 2023 after almost a year of battle against cancer.
In no time at all, Du-30 and his entourage rushed to the Loyola Memorial Chapels along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City Thursday night to offer homage to his fallen comrade.
The former president was welcomed by Diño's family, wife Marissa and daughter Liza Dino-Seguerra and Marybell.
Earlier, Senator Bong Go paid his last respects to Martin.
Other celebrities who offered their presence in the Diños's moments if grief were Bibeth Orteza, Ricky Davao, Benny Andaya, Ricky Gallardo, Senator Robin Padilla, Ronald Arguelles, Jeffrey Hidalgo, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte, Ice Seguerra, etc.
The remains of Diño will be laid to rest on Sunday, August 13, 2023, at the Loyola Memorial Park Marikina City.
He was 66.
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