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Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission chair Dante Jimenez passed away on Friday night due to aortic aneurysm, his family has announced. He was 68.

“With deep sorrow, the family announces the passing away of Dante La. Jimenez, PACC Chairman, due to Aortic Aneurysm at 9:43 p.m., Friday, January 29, 2021,” the family said in a statement posted by Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) Arsenio “Boy” Evangelista.

“We ask for your prayers for the eternal repose of a man who devoted his life in the crusade against crime and corruption and for good governance. We will miss him so dearly. May he rest in peace.”

Jimenez was the founding chairman of VACC.

He was appointed PACC chairman in January 2018 and co-chairman of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs this year by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Malacañang expressed its condolences to Jimenez’s family.

“PACC Chair Jimenez spent most of his productive life advocating a just and peaceful society for Filipinos by fighting criminality and corruption. He believed and shared President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s centerpiece program, which is the campaign against illegal drugs, crime and corruption,” Palace spokesman Harry Roque said in a statement.

“He would be dearly missed. May the perpetual light shine upon him, and may the soul of Mr. Jimenez rest in eternal peace,” he added. John Ezekiel J. Hirro