Dante Jimenez, the founding chairman of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) and chairman of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC), passed away on Friday night due to aortic aneurysm, a VACC official said on Saturday.
Jimenez was 68.
In a Facebook post, VACC president Arsenio “Boy” Evangelista shared an announcement from Jimenez’s family where it stated that the PACC chairman died Friday night due to aortic aneurysm.
“With deep sorrow, the family announces the passing away of Dante La. Jimenez, PACC Chairman due to Aortic Aneurysm at 9:43 pm, Friday, January 29, 2021. 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. A passionate anti crime crusader & loving family man . Please join the family in prayers for his eternal rest,” the post stated.
On the other hand, an official statement from the Jimenez family stated: “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 appointed PACC chairman in January 2018 by President Rodrigo Duterte.
In its own statement, the VACC said it was mourning the loss of “a tenacious crusader for justice.”
“Dante Jimenez devoted his life to an advocacy against crime and corruption, and an espousal of good governance. He believed that justice is not for the privileged few but for all. Our country has lost a crusader of historic stature, the group said. Malacañang also sent condolences to Jimenez’s family, noting how he shared Duterte’s campaign against drugs, crime and corruption.
“PACC Chair Jimenez spent most of his productive life advocating a just and peaceful society for Filipinos by fighting criminality and corruption,” said Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque. SOVEREIGNPH