Leticia’s death a ‘big loss’–Erap

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For former president and now Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada, the passing of former senator and diplomat Leticia Ramos-Shahani is a big loss the country.

“She never rested until her term as senator has ended, she continued serving the Filipino people. She’s a big loss,” Estrada said after learning of his ex-colleague’s death Monday morning (March 20).

“On behalf of the City of Manila, we convey our deepest condolences to the family of Sen. Leticia Ramos-Shahani. The Filipino nation lost a true-blue public servant, a fierce defender of women’s rights, a seasoned diplomat, and a devoted environmentalist,” the Manila mayor added.
Estrada served with Shahani at the Senate from 1987 to 1992.

The younger sister of former president Fidel Ramos, Shahani went on to continue her career as lawmaker until 1998, even becoming Senate president pro-tempore in the 9th and 10th Congresses.

The lady politiko chaired the committees on foreign relations, education, agriculture, and women and family relations.

“Naging close kami niyan sa Senate,” Erap recalled, adding that he considers Shahani one of his mentors.

Shahani died at the age of 87 due to colon cancer.