R.I.P. Joker Arroyo

Farewell to the Scrooge of Congress.

 

(SPOT.ph) At the age of 88, former senator Joker Paz Arroyo died on October 5 due to a heart attack in a still unnamed hospital in the United States, according to a report by PhilStar.com.

 

Arroyo was born on January 5, 1927 in Naga, Camarines Sur. He played a major role in the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution, after which he became Executive Secretary. He was one of the first appointees of former President Corazon Aquino. From 1992 to 2011, Arroyo represented the First District of Makati in the 9th to 11th Congress. He has been called the “Scrooge of Congress” for being the thriftiest legislator when it comes to spending taxpayer’s money, with only three staff members: a driver, a secretary, a legislative assistant, and no bodyguards. In 2002, Arroyo was among the congressmen who signed the petition for the impeachment of former President Joseph Estrada and was the lead prosecutor in the said trial.  He was a member of the Senate for 12 years and retired from public service in 2013.

 

Further details about his death are still undisclosed.

 

Also read: Sen. Joker Arroyo tagged as "the thriftiest legislator for 20 straight years"

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