Former senator Shahani passes away at 87

By Prince Golez, Manila Reporter

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

MANILA – Former senator Leticia Ramos-Shahani passed away early Monday due to complications from colon cancer.

She was 87 years old.

Her daughter Lila said Ramos-Shahani was undergoing chemotherapy treatments for Stage 4 colon cancer.

“[My mother] never let [her illness] defeat her. She never let it get her down. We were all demoralized by her illness, but she was not,” the secretary general of the Philippine National Commission to UNESCO said.

She also described her mother, who was appointed in August last year by President Rodrigo Duterte as member of the Board of Directors of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office in Taiwan, as a “very deeply philosophical person.”

Asked to share what she’s learned from her, Lila said, “Not only did I learn from her the importance of serving the country, the public good and the global commons, but also appreciating family.”

Ramos-Shahani’s family said they will organize a six-day wake for the former lawmaker.

On Wednesday, her remains will lie in state at the La Funeraria Paz in Sucat, Paranaque.

Then, she will be honoured in the Philippine Senate in Pasay by her former peers and the current batch of senators on Thursday.

The following day, she will be brought to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Cosmopolitan Church along Taft Avenue.

“Day 4, 5, and 6 will be at Funeraria Paz. The public is most welcome. We will be honoured to see people there,” Lila said.

Ramos-Shahani is the younger sister of former president Fidel Ramos. She was elected to the Senate in 1987 where she served as chairwoman of the agriculture, culture and arts, education, and foreign affairs committees.

The former senator finished her bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Wellesley College in Massachusetts. She earned her master’s degree and doctorate in Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York and Université Paris-Sorbonne, respectively./PN