Leticia Ramos-Shahani, former senator, dies

Photo courtesy Lila Shahani

via rappler.com – Former senator and diplomat Leticia Ramos-Shahani has died Monday, March 20. She was 87.
Shahani’s daughter Lila, on a post on Facebook, said the former lawmaker died at around 2:40 am on Monday. (OBITUARY: Leticia Ramos-Shahani: The woman who competed with the best)

“Mom left the body, by the awful grace of God, at 2:40 am this morning, just a few hours after my 50th birthday,” she wrote.

“Bereft and full of grief, but still strangely peaceful in the knowledge that she is now free from all suffering,” Lila added.

Shahani is survived by 3 children with Indian professor and writer Ranjee Shahani: Ranjit, Chanda, and Lila.

The former lawmaker was suffering from cancer of the colon.

The family said her wake begins on Wednesday, March 22, at the Funeraria Paz in Sucat, Parañaque.

Shahani, the younger sister of former president Fidel Ramos, was senator from 1987 to 1998.
She was Senate president pro-tempore in the 9th and 10th Congresses, and chaired the committees on foreign relations, education, agriculture, and women and family relations.

Shahani authored landmark laws in culture, education, agriculture, foreign service, women’s rights, and animal rights, among other issues.

A career diplomat before she entered politics, Shahani was the Philippine envoy to Australia, Romania, Hungary, and Germany. She also served the United Nations in different capacities.

She was foreign affairs undersecretary and chaired the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women in the first year of the administration of Corazon Aquino.

She headed the National Commission for Culture and the Arts from 2001 to 2004, and served as a director at the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO).

Shahani is the principal advocate of the Moral Recovery Program (MRP), which she initiated in 1987 to integrate ethical values into nation building and government.

“Senator Shahani served the nation well as Senator of the Republic and worked tirelessly in the executive branch in various capacities under different administrations,” Malacañang, through Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella, said in a statement.

“Our condolences and prayers to the family and friends of the former Senator,” the Malacañang statement continued. “She was a profound humanist and her voice will be missed.”

Other details of the wake will follow, according to her family.

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