MANILA - Lawmakers belonging to the Liberal Party mourned the passing of their colleague, Batanes Rep. Henedina "Dina" Abad, wife of former Budget Secretary Butch Abad, on Sunday night.
Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin said he remembers Abad as a principled advocate of human rights, social justice and democracy as she voted no during the plenary debates on the restoration of death penalty.
"I am deeply saddened with the passing of one of our foremost ideologues and fierce liberals in Dina Abad. She stood with us in registering a No vote during the death penalty debates and later stripped of her committee chair. She will be sorely missed," said Villarin.
Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat, meanwhile, described Abad as one of "fierce liberals" who led discussions that led to party positions in important issues like reproductive health, freedom of information, and political dynasties before she fell sick.
"She was against my running for speakership last year because the party had already decided to join the administration coalition. But she did not castigate me for deciding against the party's wishes. She said that was being a Liberal, respect for the voice of dissent," Baguilat said.
Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas, meanwhile, remembered Abad as a "teacher and a friend" who was an inspiration to them at the House of Representatives.
"She was a compelling inspiration to all of us for her brilliance, strength, and love for her people. I pray that God's choicest blessings will be bestowed on her and her family," he said.
Liberal Party leaders will deliver eulogies for Abad after a Mass at the Ateneo de Manila's chapel in Quezon City at 8 p.m. Monday,LP secretary general and Quezon City Rep. Jose Christopher "Kit" Belmonte said in a statement.