Meniong passes, 99

Political patriarch and kingmaker, Herminio “Meniong” Teves missed his century mark as he passed away quietly at age 99 at the Silliman Medical Center May 15 dawn.

He was the oldest surviving political kingmaker of Negros Oriental where scores of local leaders ran under his political tutorship.

Meniong Teves has been a three-termer congressman of this province, governor of Negros Oriental, and chairman of various House committees.

He and his legendary brother the late Sen. Lorenzo Teves were a formidable political team who trail blazed the political landscape of this province.

Meniong in his final years was the one who discovered and picked Roel Degamo first as board member until Degamo rose to power when he succeeded Gov Dodo Macias and Tuting Perdices who died in office close to each other.

The remains of the late Meniong Teves lie in state at his residence along Miciano Road. His wake was also held at the capitol building Friday.

His remains will be interred at the Dumaguete Memorial Park tomorrow Monday at 8am.

He is survived by his children Margarito Gary Teves, Pamela Teves, Virginia Laurel, Arnolfo Teves, Hermnio Teves Jr, Maria Lorna Teves, Jose Roel Teves, and Lucia Janice Teves. And their 27 grand and great grand children.