Herminio Sánchez “Hermie” Aquino, former Tarlac Representative and great uncle of the late President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, died at the age of 72 on July 31 at The Medical City in Pasig from causes yet to be announced.
The news was confirmed by Capas Mayor Reynaldo Catacutan, a close friend of Hermie.
According to another close friend, Ernesto Ilagan Jr., Hermie had been suffering from esophageal cancer, though this has not been confirmed as the cause of death.
Born on April 25, 1949, he was the son of revolutionary General Servillano Aquino, who fought against the Spanish colonial government.
His time in office was spent as Tarlac’s 3rd district representative from 1987 to 1998, and Vice Governor of the same province, from 1998 to 2001.
Hermie also ran for Vice President in 2004 under the political party Aksyon Demokratiko, which he was chairman of at the time of his passing, but lost to news anchor Noli De Castro.
Under the revolutionary administration of former President Corazon Aquino, he was a member of Task Force Pinatubo after the devastating eruption in 1991, as well as head of the Ministry of Human Settlements.
Hermie’s final public outing was to the unveiling of a historic marker in honor of his father’s 62nd death anniversary, at Concepcion town, Tarlac.