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Former budget secretary Boncodin dies at 55

Posted on: March 15, 2010

Former budget secretary Boncodin dies at 55

By Julie M. Aurelio, Katherine Evangelista
INQUIRER.net, Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 16:25:00 03/15/2010

Filed Under: death notices

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE) Former budget Secretary Emilia Boncodin died Monday due to cardiac arrest, an official from the National Kidney and Transplant Institute said.

In a medical bulletin signed by NKTI executive director Enrique Ona, Boncodin, 55, passed away at 2:05pm.

“She was admitted on March 10 for difficulty of breathing and anemia and was diagnosed to be on end-stage renal disease,” the bulletin read.

Boncodin underwent a kidney transplant in February 2005 but the kidney from her sister was rejected by her body and failed to function, the NKTI said.

Black and White Movement convenor Leah Navarro said in an interview aired at DzMM confirmed the news adding that Boncodin had been undergoing dialysis for months.

Together with six cabinet official and three government executives, Boncodin resigned at the height of the Hello Garci scandal over charges of electoral fraud against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. The group came to be collectively known as the ‘Hyatt 10.’

The group called for Ms Arroyo to step down following allegations that she was the voice of a woman in a taped conversation with a poll official about manipulating the 2004 presidential elections.

President Arroyo admitted she spoke to an election official but denied any wrongdoing. The controversy almost led to the collapse of the Arroyo administration.

In a separate television interview, Teresita Deles, former presidential adviser on the peace process, said that Boncodin had been confined at the NKI since last week.

Deles, a good friend of the late budget secretary lauded Boncodin’s performance as an “outstanding” public servant and a brilliant professor.

“She was an outstanding public servant, someone who grew-up in public service. She showed us that it is about serving the country and not for personal gain or prestige,” Deles said adding that Boncodin had entered the Department of budget and Management at the young age of 18.

Boncodin had served as the DBM’s Director, Assistant Director, Chief Fiscal Planning Specialist, Senior Fiscal Planning Specialist, Fiscal Planning Specialist prior to becoming budget secretary.

Boncodin had also been a professor at the National College of Public Administration and Governance of the University of the Philippines.

“She [was] teaching at UP to impart her experience to the younger generation. It’s going to be very hard to replace that kind of brilliance and the knowledge she had over time, and the integrity she had,” Deles said.

No announcement yet on burial plans has been made, Navarro said.

The NKTI’s public information office said the family asked for private time and that the PIO has no information as to the family’s plans for Boncodin’s remains.

Meanwhile, Malacañang extended its condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of Boncodin.

“Secretary Boncodin was a true professional and a recognized expert in budgets and public finance, and played a key role, especially in the fiscal reforms initiated during the initial years of the administration,” deputy presidential spokesman Gary Olivar said in a statement.

He added that President Macapagal-Arroyo would pay her last respects to Boncodin “once details of the wake are made known.” Anna Valmero, INQUIRER.net; Christine O. Avendaño, Philippine Daily Inquirer

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