Gov't officials mourn death of former senator and diplomat

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Government officials are mourning the death of former Senator Leticia Ramos-Shahani, who passed away Monday morning after battling stage four colon cancer.

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Several public officials expressed their sorrow for Shahani's death--or Manang Letty, as she was sometimes called.

Some Senators took to Twitter and Facebook to share their admiration for the distinguished Senator.

They praised the legacy of untiring public service the former writer, diplomat, educator, and stateswoman left behind.

Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella on Monday extended Malacañang's condolences to Shahani's family.

In a statement, Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella said the President and his official family are saddened by the news.

Abella praised Shahani's work as a public servant, saying she "served the nation well as Senator of the Republic and worked tirelessly in the executive branch in various capacities under different administrations."

He added, "Our condolences and prayers to the family and friends of the former Senator. She was a profound humanist and her voice will be missed."

Senator Loren Legarda, meanwhile, said Shahani-- who was a women's rights advocate like Legarda-- would be missed in the Philippines.

Legarda called Shahani "one of the finest and distinguished legislators" the country ever had.

"As a legislator, diplomat, environmentalist, educator, culture & women's rights advocate, she (Shahani) fervently pushed for women empowerment both here & in the international arena," Legarda said.

Senator Grace Poe also had good words about Shahani's. She said the late senator's record as a government official serves as an example for many public servants.

"From her extensive career in the foreign service to her stint in the Senate, Manang Letty demonstrated how public service should be: sincere, dynamic and exemplary. She is an inspiration to generations of women because of her steadfast principles and decisive actions," Poe said.

While Senator Franklin Drilon called Shahani a "shining example of a public servant who our present and future leaders must strive to emulate," sharing how he treasures the memory of working with the esteemed Senator.

"As a neophyte senator back in 1995, I have had the honor of serving with Senator Ramos-Shahani in the halls of Upper Chamber. I remember her as a determined and hardworking lawmaker, who tirelessly championed the passage of key legislation that benefit and positively influence the lives of our people up to this day," he said.

Condolences to Shahani's family also poured on social media.

On Twitter, Senator Risa Hontiveros posted a photo of herself with the late Senator.

"Letty Ramos Shahani walked her talk w/ generations of women, for mental health & other things we love," her post said.


Hontiveros said, "Eternal life - & always in our memory - to our great elder sister, Letty Ramos Shahani, respected woman Sen & champion of mental health."

Senator Sonny Angara, whose father, former Senator Edgardo Angara had worked with Shahani in Congress, also expressed his condolences to Shahani's family.


"RIP former Senator Letty Ramos Shahani. Condolences to the family she left behind including former President FVR and former VGov Shahani," he said.

While Senator Gringo Honasan, on his Facebook page, praised the late Senator's integrity and professionalism as she worked through several administrations.


"Senator 'Manang Letty' Shahani was a public servant, patriot and statesman whose professionalism, integrity and competence transcended the many administrations she worked with. We wish her Godspeed as she journeys to everlasting life in our Lord's bosom- She will forever live in the hearts of the Filipino people she loved and served," he said.

Senator Nancy Binay, on the other hand, said Shahani was a remarkable woman who served as an inspiration to many of her fellow Filipinas.


She posted a photo of the late stateswoman on Facebook, captioned "An exemplary diplomat, an outstanding legislator, and a remarkable Filipina who Filipinas can look up to. Farewell, Senator Leticia Ramos-Shahani."