MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte paid his last respects to the late Leticia Ramos-Shahani early Thursday.
Duterte arrived at Funeraria Paz at past 4 a.m., and was met by Ramos-Shahani’s family including her brother, former president Fidel Ramos, before the stateswoman's remains were brought to the Senate.
Ramos-Shahani passed away at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City on Monday at the age of 87.
After a day at Funeraria Paz, her remains will be brought to the Senate and the Department of Foreign Affairs on the second and third day of her wake respectively, before being brought back to the funeral parlor until the last day of her 6-day wake.
On Monday, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a statement that the Palace is “saddened” by news of the death of the career diplomat, who "served the nation well as Senator of the Republic and worked tirelessly in the executive branch in various capacities under different administrations."
"Our condolences and prayers to the family and friends of the former Senator. She was a profound humanist and her voice will be missed," Abella said.
Ramos-Shahani, a staunch defender of women as well as Philippine sovereignty, was elected senator in 1987. She was previously an ambassador to Australia, and served as Secretary-General of the World Conference on the United Nations Decade of Women in Nairobi, Kenya in 1985.
She became the deputy minister for Philippine Affairs after the 1986 EDSA Revolution.