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Politikos are mourning the death of former Senator Heherson Alvarez.

The former lawmaker, who passed away at 80, has been remembered for his long years of public service, ardent fight for freedom, and advocacy for the protection of the environment.

Senators Richard Gordon, Sonny Angara, Sherwin Gatchalian, Juan Miguel Zubiri, Ralph Recto, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque are among the politikos who sent their message of condolences and tribute to Alvarez.

Gordon took to Twitter to express sadness over the death of his brother and friend.

“I lost a friend today. Sonny Alvarez was practically an elder brother through my career. We were together in the 1971 Constitutional Convention and in the student movement,” Gordon said.

“He was a good speaker and orator, and a cabinet secretary who put a lot of good, thorough, and intelligent work behind his job. We pray for his eternal rest, his family and for Cecile’s recovery as well,” he added.

Angara also extended his sympathies over the death of Alvarez. “RIP Former Senator HEherson SOnny Alvarez. Colleague of my late father for 11 years in post EDSA Senate,” he tweeted.

Gatchalian said Alvarez’s contribution to the nation will never be forgotten. “My deepest condolences to the family of former Senator Heherson Alvarez. Senator Alvarez pushed for environmental protection during his tenure in the Senate,” he tweeted.

Zubiri said he was also saddened by the death of Alvarez, an advocate of human rights and environmental protection.

He said the former senator was one of the “original environmentalist advocates” in the Senate. “Senator Heherson Alvarez was the author of many of the country’s environmental laws as well as one of our most ardent fighters against climate change,” he said.

Zubiri found it unfortunate that Alvarez could not be given the honor befitting an honorable statesman due to the coronavirus protocols. “But on our reopening on May 4, we will sponsor and adopt a Senate Resolution to honor such a Statesman. Let us not forget such a great environmentalist and climate change advice for all of time,” he said.

Locsin also remembered the suffering of Alvarez during the martial law regime.

“Heherson Alvarez suffered the most during martial law; his brother was torn to pieces by the military: eyes pulled out, tongue too & sliced off; other barbarities. He took it all in,” he tweeted.

“After EDSA none cared for him but I put him in the Cabinet. Then he made his own way. R.I.P.” he added.

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