Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Doff Of The Hat

We lost a good Filipino yesterday.
‘She lived simply, didn’t have a fancy car’
By TJ Burgonio, Julie M. Aurelio, Doris Dumlao
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—She spent most of her life in government but she never craved money or power, lived simply and left public service untouched by any whiff of scandal.

At 2:05 p.m. Monday, former Budget Secretary Emilia T. Boncodin passed away due to cardiac arrest at a Quezon City hospital after her body rejected a kidney donated by her sister. She was 55.

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I seem to recall being in the same MalacaƱang room as then-Sec. Boncodin once, but it could be just my memory playing tricks on me. What I'm certain of, though, is that my mother, herself a career government employee, held her in high regard. Ms. Boncodin was from our hometown, after all—a local girl who made good, rising from the ranks to become a Cabinet member and keeping all the while an unsullied reputation. She made us—still makes us—IrigueƱos proud.

Fare you well, Ma'am.

Here's a blog entry from one of former Sec. Boncodin's students at the National College of Public Administration and Governance in UP Diliman.

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