From Arthur Neame

I was extremely sad to hear of the death of Lito. I am also very sorry that I won’t be able to attend the mass for him on Wednesday as I am helping to run a human rights training in Mindanao with a group of IPs affected by mining activities on that day. So, whilst I can not be there personally I shall be there in spirit, and I believe that Lito would have understood that.

I was extremely sad to hear of the death of Lito. I am also very sorry that I won’t be able to attend the mass for him on Wednesday as I am helping to run a human rights training in Mindanao with a group of IPs affected by mining activities on that day. So, whilst I can not be there personally I shall be there in spirit, and I believe that Lito would have understood that.

Please do pass on my condolences to his family and do please also accept my condolences for the loss of a good friend.

I first started to get to know Lito when he was still director of Tambuyog and I was working with Christian Aid, although I had met him before that. Over time, and perhaps more so after he ceased to be director of Tambuyog, I got to know Tolits better. I had particular affection for the wonderful combination of a sharp wit alongside a gentleness of manner that he brought to discussions. As you know, he and I used to frequently slip outside your office and during other meetings for a quick break and it was at those times that we would ask each other a little more deeply about how life was treating one another, exchange jokes and discuss life in general. It was during those conversations that the depth of his affection for his family and friends was truly evident as was his passion for a better world.

I personally found his quiet and insightful support, whether over matters personal or professional invaluable to me, just as I did his intelligent critiques of ideas and his willingness to challenge, inform and encourage where appropriate.

Tolits had a wonderful way of combining both passion and gentleness and then of offering that to others around him whether it was in intelligent debate or simply through a quiet word. I shall miss him as I know you and so many others will too.

My prayers are with all his family and friends at this time.

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