Former senator Ernesto Maceda laid to rest

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 25 2016 04:31 PM

Former Senate President Ernesto Maceda graces the oath taking of the United Nationalist Alliance in Makati on July 1, 2015. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA – Family and friends of former senator Ernesto Maceda brought his remains to his final resting place at the Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina City on Saturday.

The 81-yea-old Maceda was given a 21-gun salute and a shower of flower petals from a chopper before his remains was buried around 12 noon Saturday.

"Itong mga nakaraang araw, katakot-takot ang nagpahayag ng kanilang paghanga, pasasalamat, namahagi ng kanilang personal stories kung paano sila natulungan ni Manong Ernie, kung paano sila na inspire ng buhay ng aking ama. Kami po ay nagpapasalamat," said one of his children, lawyer Ernest Maceda.

Sen. Gringo Honasan, sister-in-law Gina de Venecia and former ambassador to the Vatican Henrietta de Villa, were among those present

Maceda, who served three Senate terms died last June 20, 2016 following a gall bladder operation. The cause of death was multiple organ failure.

He is best known for his privilege speeches exposing government anomalies and other controversial issues, earning him the moniker "Mr. Exposé."

READ: Binay saddened by death of 'Mr. Exposé'

Among his high-profile exposés was the PEA-Amari scam involving the overpriced purchase of reclaimed land in Manila bay, which he called "the grandmother of all scams."

Maceda also investigated the so-called "Brunei Beauties" - female celebrities who were allegedly into high-class prostitution in the oil-rich state.