FAMILY, friends and supporters on Saturday gathered at the wake of former Pasay City Mayor Wenceslao “Pewee” Trinidad at his residence.
The 82-year-old politician died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) on Friday at the Asian Hospital and Medical Center in Muntinlupa City, a few months after he was sentenced to at least 10 years in jail.
Tina Carbajal, his former city administrator, said the wake at his residence in 2458 Park Avenue will last until Monday.
Trinidad’s remains will then be transferred to the Cuneta Astrodome for public viewing on Monday before his internment on Wednesday at the Loyola Memorial Park in Parañaque City.
Trinidad served as Pasay mayor from 2000 to 2010. He ran for the same post in 2013 but was soundly defeated by incumbent Mayor Antonio Calixto.
“Nakikiramay kami sa pamilya niya, lalong-lalo na’t ang aking ama ay nakasama niya.
Wala na akong masasabi sa kanya. Isa siyang magaling na lider. Ganon talaga ang buhay, una-unahan lang iyan ["We express our condolences to his family, especially since he was a good friend of my father. I have nothing to say, except that he was a good leader. That’s life, it’s like a race”],” Calixto said in a phone interview.
In late 2015, the Sandiganbayan found Trinidad, along with former Pasay Rep. Jose Antonio “Lito” Roxas, guilty of graft for criminally favoring Cedric Lee’s Izumo Contractors, Inc. in the construction of a public market in 2004.
The two were sentenced to a jail term of six years to 10 years and perpetual disqualification from office, but they appealed their conviction.
In an open letter to Trinidad, Roxas said, “We have been through good times and hard times. We shared each other’s vision for a prosperous city that all citizens of Pasay will benefit from.
“Now that you are gone, I feel all alone to carry on the fight to see a better Pasay. You rest well my friend. I will continue the fight…I will restore your honor. Victory will be ours in the end.”