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P-Noy visits Cebu to pay last respects to labor leader Democrito Mendoza

By: Carmel Loise Matus, Jhunnex Napallacan January 19,2016 - 11:31 PM
Pres. Benigno Aquino III (left) and Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras (right) talk with TUCP partylist Rep. Raymond Mendoza (2nd from right) and brother Michael Mendoza (right) at the wake of their father, ALU-TUCP founder Democrito Mendoza, in JSU-PSU Mariners' Court at Pier 1, Cebu City yesterday. (CDN PHOTO/JUNJIE MENDOZA)

Pres. Benigno Aquino III (left) and Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras (right) talk with TUCP partylist Rep. Raymond Mendoza (2nd from right) and brother Michael Mendoza (right) at the wake of their father, ALU-TUCP founder Democrito Mendoza, in JSU-PSU Mariners’ Court at Pier 1, Cebu City yesterday. (CDN PHOTO/JUNJIE MENDOZA)

Pres. Benigno Aquino III made a quick Cebu visit yesterday afternoon to pay his respect to the late labor leader Democrito “Kito” Mendoza.

Aquino stayed for about 30 minutes to view Mendoza’s remains and speak to his children about how the founder of the Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) helped improve the plight of workers in the country.

“We are grateful.  It is an honor and privilege that the president of the Philippines came to visit us,” said TUCP partylist Rep. Raymond Mendoza.

Aquino arrived at the Mactan Benito Ebuen Air Base on board a Learjet with body number 2910 about 11:15 a.m.  He was with Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte.

The president’s convoy immediately proceeded to the JSU-PSU Mariners’ Court Cebu convention hall located at Pier 1 in Cebu City where Mendoza’s remains lie.

Mendoza, 92, died on January 12.  His remains will be buried on Friday in a family owned property, the Papa Kit’s Marina and Fishing Lagoon in Liloan town in northern Cebu.

Upon his arrival at the Mariners’ Court, Aquino stood in front of Mendoza’s wake for a few minutes before he sat down with the labor leader’s children including Rep. Raymond Mendoza and ALU-TUCP national president Michael Mendoza for a brief conversation.

Raymond said in an interview after the president left that Aquino spoke of how their father contributed to improving the plight of workers in the country.

Aquino told them that their father only had 32 members when he founded ALU-TUCP that is now the biggest labor union in the country.

The president also recalled visits which he made to the Mendoza residence years back and mentioned of how big their family is.

Raymond told the president that his father has a total of 14 children and several grand children and great grandchildren.

Before he left, Aquino posed for a picture with the Mendoza family.

Aquino avoided media interview and left Cebu at about 2:50 p.m.

The Mendozas and ALU-TUCP supported Aquino in the 2010 elections.

An official of the Philippine Information Agency in Central Visayas (PIA7) said Aquino begged off from granting media interviews because his Cebu visit was supposed to be a private visit to pay his respect for the late labor leader.

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