Edwin Lacierda wrote a tribute to the late senator who was his mentor in the law profession:
Raul S. Roco will be forever be remembered for his greatness in the halls of the House of Representatives and the Senate floor and for his incorruptible accomplishments in the Department of Education. But I will always cherish him as my first teacher in the law profession who took time to train the humble and the lowly, to emphasize that right is might, the primacy of country over one’s own, public service over private greed and faith in man’s goodness over pessimism and hopelessness.
Youth leader Mong Palatino on the the youngest president of the National Union of the Philippines: “Raul Roco may have lost two presidential elections but he will be remembered as the most admired Filipino politician among young Filipinos. ”
Jardine Davies wrote, “My president just died today and I have my flags at half-mast. I am certain the country mourns his passing and will remember his dreams for the Philippines for many years to come.”
“Farewell Sir, pray for our nation please,” wrote ABC-5 reporter Jove Francisco, who posted a link to Roco’s MTV so that people will be remember Roco for what he stood for.
This isn’t really about Sen. Roco, but Angela’s entry is worth posting here: “Hindi sa nagiging masama ako, pero yung mga pulitikong halang ang kaluluwa, kailan kaya mawawala? ”
Gari of Akbayan who considers himself “a closet member of Aksyon because”:
Surely, RSR will be missed by us, the youth who finds hope in him. His idealisms which moves us in a way that no one can buy our stands and positions nor turn against his principles. For some, it might look like a personality cult but beyond that perception is a true figure of exemplary leader who motivates the young to act and does not allow the youth to be wasted. He is the best choice.