MANILA - Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. paid tribute to his predecessor Perfecto Yasay, Jr. who died due to complications arising from cancer.
Locsin said in a tweet that Yasay “hurt no one and helped everyone he could.” It was Yasay who recommended Locsin to become Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations.
"'He recommended me for my UN job. He hurt no one and helped everyone he could. He did what many fighting tyranny had to:shield themselves with US law,” Locsin said.
The DFA also mourned the passing of Yasay, whom they described as “a sincere mentor.”
Secretary Yasay served as the first Secretary of Foreign Affairs under President Rodrigo Duterte. Upon his retirement from government service, he served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Philippine Christian University.
Yasay is survived by wife Marie Cecile and daughter Stephanie. Cremation of his remains is scheduled Friday.