Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman Dante Jimenez passes away

Jan 30, 2021
PACC chairman Dante Jimenez
Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman Dante Jimenez, 68, dies of aortic aneurysm.
PHOTO/S: Screen grab from RTV Malacanang on YouTube

Dante Jimenez, chairman of Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC), is dead at 68.

Jimenez, who is also the founding chairman of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC), died from "Aortic Aneurysm at 9:43 pm, Friday, January 29, 2021."

VACC president Boy Arsenio Evangelista released the statement of Jimenez's family on Facebook: "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."

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Jimenez was appointed as head of PACC by President Rodrigo Duterte in January 2018.

Two years later, in February 2020, he was made the co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).

He took over the position months after Vice President Leni Robredo was sacked from the position.

A known anti-crime crusader, Jimenez's own brother Boboy was killed by a drug syndicate in 1990.

He founded VACC in 1998 with Lauro Vizconde, whose wife Estrellita and two daughters, Carmella and Jennifer, were massacred in 1991.

Jimenez resigned from his VACC post in December 2010, after he “lost faith" in the country’s justice system. At the time, Supreme Court decided to acquit Hubert Webb and six others—Antonio Lejano Jr., Michael Gatchalian, Miguel Rodriguez, Hospicio Fernandez, Peter Estrada, and Gerardo Biong—in the Vizconde massacre.

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Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman Dante Jimenez, 68, dies of aortic aneurysm.
PHOTO/S: Screen grab from RTV Malacanang on YouTube
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