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The death of former Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. has triggered an outpouring of grief and tribute from politikos.

Yasay died on Friday at the age of 73. Cecile Yasay said her husband succumbed to pneumonia caused by the recurrence of his cancer.

Senator Richard Gordon has mourned the death of his dear friend Yasay, saying he was a beloved nice guy and a patriot. He also said Yasay had “a life well-lived” and leaves the world “well-loved.”

“The son of a pastor, Perfecto ‘Jun’ Yasay, lived life true to the teachings of his father and the tenets of the Church. He was extremely nice to everyone and easily accessible especially to his friends and classmates that’s why he is the Mr. Nice Guy,” he said in a Facebook post.

“Jun was a person of principle and one who loves his country. He has served with distinction and utmost patriotism as Secretary of Foreign Affairs and as Chairman of the Security and Exchange Commission,” he said.

Gordon also offered his condolences to the family of Yasay.

“Kate and I share the grief of Jun’s wife Cecille and children. We mourn with his many colleagues and friends in the legal profession, in the corporate and diplomatic world and in everyday life,” he said.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. also remembered Yasay, saying he helped everyone he could. Locsin, in a post on Twitter, also revealed that he landed the post as the country’s United Nations representative because of Yasay.

“‘Jun Yasay has donned the garment of immortality,’ text said. More important it makes him finally impervious to pain. He recommended me for my UN job,” Locsin tweeted.

“He hurt no one and helped everyone he could. He did what many fighting tyranny had to: shield themselves with US law,” he said.

US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim also offered his sympathies to the family and friends of Yasay. “Our thoughts and prayers are with them in this difficult time. I will forever be grateful for how Secretary Jun warmly welcomed me to the Philippines,” he tweeted.

Other politikos also extended their sympathies over the passing of Yasay.

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