MANILA - Sen. Loren Legarda's chief of staff died in a car accident in Perth, Australia on Saturday, the lawmaker said.
In a Facebook post on Monday, Legarda paid tribute to Yvonne Geston, who served as her chief of staff for 20 years.
"It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the sudden demise of our Chief of Staff, Yvonne Geston, who passed away in a car accident in Perth, Australia last Saturday, 7 July 2018," she said.
"Yvonne was a true and loyal friend, a dedicated and hardworking colleague, an honest and strong person, a firm and steadfast leader," she said.
Legarda said her office is still awaiting the repatriation of Geston's remains but masses will be offered at the Senate chapel this week.