Former Senator Leticia Ramos Shahani dies

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Former senator Leticia Ramos Shahani died on Monday. She was 87.

Lila Ramos Shahani confirmed her mother, who was suffering from colon cancer, died at 2:40 a.m. at St. Luke's Hospital in Bonifacio Global City.

She said their family is devastated but they are glad because she is no longer suffering.

"It's difficult. But all we want now is for her not to be in pain. Although we feel bereft, we are relieved... Life is fragile," she said in an interview with CNN Philippines.

Shahani was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer in May 2015.

She was born on September 30, 1929 in Lingayen, Pangasinan to a family of public servants. Her brother Fidel V. Ramos was former President of the Philippines, while their father Narciso Ramos was a former Foreign Affairs Secretary.

She served as senator in 1987, a year after Martial Law was lifted. Prior to her stint in Congress, she was also the Deputy Minister for Philippine Affairs, Ambassador to Australia and Secretary-General of the World Conference on the United Nations Decade of Women in Kenya.

The late senator also served in the academe here and abroad, teaching at the University of the Philippines, as well as in three schools in New York: Queensborough Community College, Brooklyn College and New School for Social Research.