• President’s uncle dies

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    TARLAC Rep. Enrique Cojuangco, an uncle of President Benigno Aquino 3rd, died early morning on Tuesday.

    Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. confirmed the passing of Cojuangco, 74, who reportedly succumbed to aneurysm.

    “We convey our deepest condolences to his bereaved family. Representative Cojuangco served for two terms and was known and admired for his professionalism and dedication to public service,” Coloma said in a statement.

    Enrique, a brother of San Miguel Corp. chairman and CEO Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco, is the first cousin of the late President Corazon Aquino. He won the congressional seat in the first district of Tarlac in the 2010 and 2013 elections.

    He was the chairman of the House Committee on Economic Affairs.

    “He was at home and was rushed to the hospital after complaining of pain in his stomach in the wee hours of the morning. He died shortly after that,” Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. told reporters.

    Cojuangco attended a meeting with fellow House leaders on Monday night about the pending Bangsamoro Basic Law that will be up for committee-level voting next week.

    Cojuangco is also the principal author of the Fair Competition bill which penalizes monopoly, anti-competitive mergers, among other unfair trade practices.

    “This Fair Competition bill has been pending before Congress for the longest time. We will do our best to pass it. We are no in the period of amendments and it would be in honor of the memory of Henry if it is passed,” Belmonte said.

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