Philippines: Raul Roco, RIP

Torn and frayed in Manila mourns the death of former presidential candidate Raul Roco: “Philippine politics has lost perhaps its only intellectual heavyweight of recent years.”


  • Raul Roco was a great statesman. His words spoken and written as Philippine public official were the only one you can confidently quote as coming from genuine intelligence, integrity, honesty, and credence. He has left an eternal torch that gives light to future leaders.

    The Philippines unfortunately has very few Roco’s in government.

    Bert Golla, CPA
    Seattle, WA

  • Myrna Littlewort, MD, PhD

    Heartfelt condolence to his bereaved family. A great, great loss especially in this time of too much turmoil in the Philippines where all the corrupt politicians from the times of Marcos and Estrada would like to surface again for their own vested interest.

  • Crispino Medina

    The complexity of Philippine politics along with the showbizzy, star struck, and popularity contest predisposition of the electorate majority was, unfortunately, not the landscape with which a dyed in the wool no nonsense politician like Raul Roco could hold court. Therefore, the country is the less for it. He was a paragon of the many highly qualified Filipinos who simply could not successfully penetrate a political system desperately crying for genuine, well thought out, trickle down reforms, since the trade off would have been too great, short of martyrdom. It’s indeed a crying shame that he was never afforded the opportunity to prove his mettle. Consequently, the pervasive status quo of self destructive governance remains all too real. God Bless Raul Roco and our beloved Philippines !

  • Angel Arando

    presidential Candidate Sen. Raul Roco like the good statesman he was — to the very day — Fought the Good fight For God, Country and Sanbeda!

    Angel Arando

  • Raymond Roldan

    Raul Roco remains, after his passing, a true symbol of a Bicolano: ORAGON!!!
    Mabuhay ka, Senator…God bless you.

  • Florencio Belo

    Life is to short having a good leader to help guide the country.
    So sad losing it but god know’s his solem spirit in heavent.
    “I pray with full respect for him” God bless and hope some leader’s follows his footstep….

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