The House of Representatives on Friday paid tribute to former congressmen and employees who passed away amid a coronavirus pandemic.

Speaker Lord Allan Q. Velasco led a memorial service for lawmakers who were not given the traditional necrological services due to safety and health restrictions, including Reps. Nestor Fongwan of Benguet, Marissa Andaya of Camarines Sur, Francisco Datol, Jr. of Senior Citizens Party-list and Maria Bernardita Ramos of Sorsogon.

The event was one of the culminating activities of HRep Month, marking the 113th anniversary of the creation of the Philippine Assembly of elected district representatives.

House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez lauded the 21 House workers who succumbed to various illnesses directly or indirectly related to COVID-19.

These men and women “had worked with us in the trenches, regularly reporting for work at the height of the coronavirus spread in the country,” he said. — Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza