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Ex-senator Leticia Ramos Shahani dies, 87

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Former senator Leticia Ramos Shahani has died Monday morning (March 20). She was 87.

Shahani, the sister of former President Fidel V. Ramos, died at 2:40 a.m. at the intensive care unit of a hospital in Taguig City.

The former senator is survived by her three children, civil servant Lila Ramos-Shahani, 6th District of Pangasinan board member Ranjit Shahani, and businesswoman Chanda Shaman.

Shahani was diagnosed with colon cancer a few years ago.

She served as senator from 1987 to 1998.

In the 9th and 10th Congress, Shahani served as Senate president pro-tempore and chaired the committees on agriculture, education, foreign relations, and women and family relations.

In a statement, the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan remembered Shahani for advocating for an independent foreign policy and what she described as “people’s diplomacy” in the assertion of our national interest.

The former senator, a career diplomat, was one of the leaders of P1NAS or Pilipinong Nagkakaisa para sa Soberanya which stood against foreign intervention including the incursions of China in the West Philippine Sea.

“Even during her illness, she joined the P1NAS solidarity and fact finding mission to Zambales to support our Filipino fishermen who were being denied their right to fish near Panatag Shoal,” Bayan said.

Shahani’s family said her wake will begin on March 22 at the Funeraria Paz in Sucat, Parañaque.

Her remains will be cremated in a private ceremony on March 27.


Politikos pay tribute to Leticia Ramos-Shahani: Selfless public servant, patriot