Ex-LTO chief Alberto Suansing dies at 70

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 24) — Former Land Transportation Office (LTO) chief Alberto "Bert" Suansing has died at the age of 70, his son confirmed.

"I love you pa, salamat po sa pagaalaga samin," his son Alan wrote in a Facebook post on Friday morning. "Ang daya [mo] sabi [mo] mamamasyal pa tayo, [aangkas] pa kita diba."

[Translation: I love you, Dad, thank you for taking care of us. You're unfair, you said we will go out and you will ride with me.]

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and LTO extended their condolences to the bereaved family on Saturday, recognizing his contributions in pushing for road safety.

"His advocacies in championing road safety endeared him to many not just in the LTO and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) but also to the motoring and the general public," current LTO chief Teofilo Guadiz III said.

Former Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade also grieved the passing of his "good friend and great colleague" who had "a heart in public service."

Suansing also served as chairman of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, DOTr senior consultant, Toll Regulatory Board consultant, and secretary general of the Philippine Global Road Safety Partnership.

Suansing's remains lie at the Nacional Chapels and Crematory along Gregorio Araneta Avenue in Quezon City and will be cremated on Tuesday, according to his son.