Fi­nal trib­ute to Social Se­cu­rity Com­mis­sioner Arthur Amansec

The Philippine Star - - NEWS | OPINION - SSS Pres­i­dent and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer By EM­MANUEL F. DOOC

In the words of Ralph El­li­son, the great black nov­el­ist who wrote “The In­vis­i­ble Man,”: “(Y)ou have to leave home to find home.”

To­day you left your fam­ily and SSS to join your fi­nal abode and rest­ing place, my dear Com­mis­sioner Art Amansec. A home where there is no ha­tred but love, no in­trigues but straight talk, no de­cep­tion but hon­esty, no hid­den agenda but to­tal trans­parency, and no lies but truth.

Abra­ham Lin­coln once aptly said: “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in those years.” You def­i­nitely lived a full life, Art. I’m sure where you are now, you can look back with pride to what you had achieved – a col­or­ful ca­reer as a re­spected La­bor Ar­biter, an ac­com­plished lawyer, an un­com­pro­mis­ing Com­mis­sioner of SSS and a suc­cess­ful fam­ily man.

On a per­sonal note, you were not just my col­league in the Com­mis­sion. You were my true com­pañero – a friend and a fel­low lawyer, a school mate, and a fra­ter­nal Brother of the first or­der in Lex Talio­nis Fra­ter­ni­tas. My dear Brother, first, you are a Bedan, se­condly, a Talio­nis, but as a friend of Filipino work­ers, you are sec­ond to none. When you are sum­moned to heaven, you will an­swer to these calls with great honor and pride and they will be your’ pass­port thru the pearly gates.

I am for­tu­nate to have you as my col­league in Com­mis­sion dur­ing my watch. You have brought honor to your Of­fice and not the other way around.

Art could be hard headed, in­de­pen­dent-minded and he did not mind tak­ing a soli­tary po­si­tion and march to the beat of his own drum. In no­table de­lib­er­a­tions of sees beyond the short term, beyond the ur­gent, and takes ac­tion with a view to­wards last­ing val­ues.

In short,’ Art was not the “Social” as­pect but the “Se­cu­rity” side of SSS.

In depth of our sor­row, let’s find mean­ing in his death. Let’s chan­nel our grief into pur­pose and em­u­late Art’s dream of pro­tect­ing SSS funds against prof­li­gate use. We can truly honor Art if some­thing good emerges from his death and we who love him find “some kind of gift in good­bye.”

Tol, your pass­ing is like switch­ing off the light­ing in this bright hall. Even if you turn it on, this hall will not have the same lus­ter and glow as be­fore.

You may not have a char­coal por­trait hang out­side this hall re­served for all for­mer Chair­men of the SSC and PCEOs of the SSS but the im­age shall be for­ever etched in the hearts of the count­less mem­bers whom you have helped and pro­tected. The words “You will be missed” is com­pletely in­ad­e­quate. Note: SS Com­mis­sioner Arthur Amansec rep­re­sented the La­bor Sec­tor. He passed away last Jan­uary 7, 2019.

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