'She walked the talk': Senators pay tribute to Shahani


Posted at Mar 20 2017 03:36 PM

Senator Franklin M. Drilon (left) congratulates former Senate President Pro-Tempore Leticia Ramos Shahani (center) after the Senate passed on 10 June 2015, Resolution No. 1396 honoring her contributions as a legislator, diplomat, educator, women’s rights advocate and civil society leader. Also in photo are Senator Loren Legarda (right) Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. (2nd from right) and the former senator’s daughter, Lila Ramos Shahani (2nd from left). File photo/Alex Nueva España, Senate PRIB, NPPA

MANILA- Lawmakers paid tribute to former senator and veteran diplomat Leticia Ramos-Shahani who passed away on Monday at the age of 87.

Senators lauded Ramos-Shahani’s work as a lawmaker, particularly her advancement of women’s rights.

“Letty Ramos Shahani walked her talk with generations of women, for mental health and other things we love,” Sen. Risa Hontiveros said in a tweet.

“Today, we have lost a formidable advocate of women's rights, a staunch environmentalist and a seasoned diplomat...She is an inspiration to generations of women because of her steadfast principles and decisive actions,” Sen. Grace Poe said.

“As legislator, diplomat, educator, and culture, environment and women’s rights advocate, she pushed for women empowerment here and in the international arena,” according to Sen. Loren Legarda.

Sen. Nancy Binay remembered Ramos-Shahani as "an exemplary diplomat, an outstanding legislator, and a remarkable Filipina who Filipinas can look up to."

Ramos-Shahani was also praised by senators for her “exemplary” work in the government.

“Senator ‘Manang Letty’ Shahani was a public servant, patriot, and statesman whose professionalism, integrity and competence transcended the many administrations she worked with,” Honasan said.


“Rest in peace, Senator Letty. A grateful nation thanks you for your service,” Pangilinan said.

Senators Bam Aquino and JV Ejercito, meanwhile, offered prayers for the late lawmaker. 

Ramos-Shahani, a sister of former President Fidel Ramos, died at the intensive care unit of St. Luke's Medical Center in Taguig City at 2:40 a.m., where she had been confined for a month.

Among the most notable laws she authored for the benefit of the Filipino women were the “Shahani Law,” which sought to address gender discrimination at the workplace; the Anti-Rape Law of 1997; the Rape Victim Assistance and Protection Act of 1998; and, a law providing for the five percent gender and development budget allocation for all government agencies.