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Aleli  and Alelu view the body of Rep. Ignacio Arroyo Jr.. while  Fr. Greg Patiño, parish priest of the St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, is shown sitting beside Grace Ibuna, right.*

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Iggy’s widow, partner
cross paths at church

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HINIGARAN, Negros Occidental -- The widow and the long time partner of Rep. Ignacio Arroyo Jr. sat eight meters away from each other near the altar of the St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church here at his wake at noon yesterday without acknowledging each other.

Arroyo’s long time partner Grace Ibuna, in a black dress, had been at the church all morning and was seated at the front pew on the left side, when his widow, Aleli Arroyo wearing a “Project Iggy” T- shirt and daughter, Alelu, walked down the center aisle to the coffin, and later sat on the right side in seats reserved for family.

The congressman’s daughter Dina Tantoco sat beside Ibuna while his sister, Marilou Lesaca, chatted with Aleli.moremoremore

Aleli: Good memories helping me

HINIGARAN, Negros Occidental – Alicia “Aleli” Morales Arroyo, the wife of the late Rep. Ignacio Arroyo Jr., yesterday said she has been able to survive the loss of her husband by remembering the good memories they had together.

Aleli, who joined the wake of her husband at the St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church with their daughter, Alelu, said “We came to the fifth district to thank the people for their trust and love for the congressman.”

She said they were booked to fly in together with the remains of the congressman to Negros Occidental Monday evening but decided against it to avoid the fanfare and trouble. It was the congressman’s long-time partner, Grace Ibuna, and his daughters Dina and Bianca who arrived with the body.moremoremore

He totally loved me, -- Grace

BINALBAGAN, Negros Occidental -- Grace Ibuna, the long time partner of the late Rep. Ignacio Arroyo Jr., said the congressman was her knight in shining armor and he loved her totally.

Ibuna, who had been living with the congressman since 2005, said “I miss him everyday, everything about him, he was a good man…We loved each other very much.”

She described the congressman as her best friend, partner, ardent supporter, worst critic, best fan and soulmate, adding that they brought the best out of each other.moremoremore

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