We lost a legal luminary
but heaven gained the soul of a good man.
Let us all pray for his soul
--- Justice Secretary Vitaliano N. Aguirre II
We join the nation in mourning the sudden demise of former Justice Secretary Simeon A. Datumanong last night.
A man of many talents and admirable traits, he ably served the nation as the Justice Secretary from January 16, 2003 to December 23, 2003.
Secretary Datumanong distinguished himself as a public servant in both the Legislative and the Executive Branches of our government, his love for our Country and for the Filipino people was very much evident in his thoughts and more so in his actions.
I request everyone to include him in all your prayers. May ALLAH bless his soul.