Former Filipino lawmaker and military officer Rodolfo Gaspar Biazon dies at 88

 June 13, 2023

Many Filipinos were saddened this week to learn that the former chief of staff of their armed forces died this week at the age of 88. 

According to the Philippines' Inquirer, Gen. Rodolfo Gaspar Biazon played a role in safeguarding the nation's transition to democracy.

Biazon praised for "defending freedom and democracy"

He went on to become a senator, initially serving from 1992 to 1995. Biazon was elected again in 1998 and remained in office until 2010.

"It is with deep sadness that we announce that the bell has rung and the last Taps [have] been sung for General Rodolfo Gaspar Biazon," Muntinlupa City Mayor Ruffy Biazon was quoted as saying in a statement.

"It is perfectly fitting that today, Independence Day, the soldier who dedicated his life and laid it on the line defending freedom and democracy has been set free from the pains of this world," he added.

Tributes to Biazon quickly on social media, including from Philippines President Bongbong Marcos, who tweeted, "I join the entire nation in expressing my deepest condolences to the bereaved family of former Senator Rodolfo 'Pong' Biazon."

Senator remembered for showing "compassion and kindness"

"During his many years of government service, Senator Biazon distinguished himself among his peers by his brand of leadership and statesmanship, both as a military man and as a veteran lawmaker," Marcos added.

Actress and singer Leah Navarro expressed gratitude to Biazon, saying, "Thank you for your serving proudly for our country. Thank you for your compassion and kindness as a mentor."

"One of the heroes of our democratic journey"

Journalist Richard Heydarian praised Biazon for being a "brave, principled soldier-statesmen" who was "one of the heroes of our democratic journey."

Meanwhile, Pilipino social media influencer Paolo Calalang said he was "really sad" about Biazon's passing and credited the lawmaker with asking him to pose for pictures inside his country's legislature.


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