LEYTE 1st district Rep. Martin G. Romualdez expressed his condolences Thursday to the family of former Camarines Sur 1st district Rep. Rolando “Nonoy” Andaya Jr.
Andaya served as House Majority Leader during the Speakership of Pampanga 2nd district Rep. and former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo during the 17th Congress.
“We extend our deepest condolences and sympathies to the family of Majority Leader Nonoy Andaya,” Romualdez said.
“With his steady hand and efficiency, Majority Leader Nonoy guided the House of Representatives during a tumultuous time in the chamber. His abilities as both a legislator and a leader will never be forgotten. We are shocked by his passing. He will be terribly missed in the halls of Congress. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family,” Romualdez said, president of the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD) party.
Albay Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda said “I grieve the loss of my friend and longtime colleague, Rolando “Nonoy” Andaya Jr., and condole with his bereaved children. We were colleagues both in Congress and in the PGMA cabinet.”
“His father, Rolando Sr., was a mentor to me, who provided me with opportunities for success that very few senior members are willing to give freshmen congressmen. Nonoy, his son, would later follow in the footsteps of his father as Appropriations Chair, as I also did follow this mentor. In this sense, Nonoy was my brother, for we shared a common mentor, his father, in the House. I am especially saddened by how heavily the loss of his beloved Marissa, my colleague, must have weighed on Nonoy,” Salceda added.
“Nonoy Andaya will be remembered for the vigor with which he infused discussions on the national budget, arguably the House’s most important national function. I condole with his beloved family, his district, and the people of Camarines Sur, whom he wished above all to serve.”
According to police reports, Andaya was found dead Thursday morning in his room at Saint Jude Orchard Subdivision, Concepcion Grande, Naga City.