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Senators pay tribute to late lawmaker Tessie Aquino Oreta

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The Senate adopted Monday (May 18) a resolution expressing its profound sympathy and sincere condolences to the family of the late senator Tessie Aquino Oreta, who passed away last week at the age of 75.

During the session, Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III remembered Oreta as someone who’s like a sister to him and former Senator and current Information and Communications Technology Secretary Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan.

“We are very saddened by her passing. I remember her as a very passionate and strong legislator whose advocacies focused on empowering women and children through landmark legislations like the Solo Parents Act, Early Childhood Care and Development Act,” Sotto said.

Oreta was elected senator in 1998 and served during the 11th Congress.

Senator Joel Villanueva, meanwhile, remembered the days he spent at Oreta’s house when he was a neophyte lawmaker, with other party-list representatives.

“She endlessly talked passionately on issues close to her heart. Especially dear to her were matters of education and how families can benefit from it. She often said that, “education is the lifeblood of the family,” he said.

Senator Manny Pacquiao said Oreta was a strong advocate of education, women and children. He said she filed almost 200 bills and resolutions during her term.

“We mourn her death but at the same time celebrate her legacy. We are offering prayers of God’s comfort and strength to be upon her husband, her children, relatives and friends,” Pacquiao said.

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