I join the whole nation in mourning the passing of Senator Leticia Valdez Ramos-Shahani. The country has lost a great leader who loved her country deeply. She was a distinguished stateswoman, who very competently handled, not only the country’s national affairs but also its foreign affairs with integrity and dignity.
She had an unblemished record in all her years of public service. She was a woman leader for all seasons. Always gentle and kind.
For me and the people of Olongapo, Clark and other base zones, Letty will always be remembered and revered as the senator who steered the Bases Conversion Development Authority Bill. She was patient and compassionate with the people of the base lands who were affected by the withdrawal of the bases. She listened to us as we gave her our vision and our plan for Subic. She was very magnanimous in agreeing to insert our Freeport plan into her bill and in the process created Subic, Clark and other base zones.
I also extend my deepest sympathies to her bereaved family – the Ramos and Shahani families. I and my family join you in grieving the loss of a very remarkable woman who was also a fellow humanitarian worker.