Uncle of President Benigno Aquino III, Tarlac Rep. Enrique Cojuangco, died Tuesday morning at the age of 74. His death was confirmed by House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II, who said the lawmaker died of an aneurysm. Meanwhile, a separate tweet by the House Media Relations Service said Henry Cojuangco expired at The Medical City.

Henry Cojuangco

Rep. Enrique Cojuangco Sr. (right) with former Rizal Gov. Frisco San Juan at a social gathering of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC).

According to House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., based on information they received, Henry Cojuangco was rushed to the hospital after he “felt something in his stomach” while at home. Belmonte added that, he and Gonzales last talked to Cojuangco Monday night during a meeting of House leaders.

In fact, he asked the Majority Floor Leader for updates about the Fair Competition bill“, he said.

As chair of the House committee on economic affairs, Cojuangco pushed for the legislation of House Bill 5286 or the proposed Philippine Competition Law, which seeks to abolish unfair trade practices and monopolies.

Enrique “Henry” Cojuangco led the contingent of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) in the House, along with Batangas Rep. Mark Llandro Mendoza. He is also chair of the House committee on economic affairs.

He is a brother of businessman and San Miguel Corporation chairman and chief executive officer Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco and the first cousin of the late President Corazon Aquino, the incumbent president’s mother. He won the congressional seat in the first district of Tarlac in the 2010 and 2013 elections.

House Speaker Belmonte expressed sadness at Cojuangco’s demise and said the House will miss the Tarlac lawmaker.

I am deeply saddened by the sudden passing of our esteemed colleague Rep. Enrique M. Cojuangco of the 1st District of Tarlac from an aneurysm this morning. On behalf of my colleagues, the officials of the Secretariat and the entire House of Representatives as well as of my family, our prayers and sympathies to Violeta, his widow, and their four children as well as to His Excellency, President Benigno S. Aquino III, Henry’s nephew. As we bid him farewell, we also thank Henry for his service to our government and to the Filipino people, and salute him for a job well done“.

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