- There are many senators that made the country even better
- However, not all has made a remark to the Filipinos and to the country
- KAMI listed the senators who passed away, yet, left a legacy to the Philippines
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Our country may not be perfect, but there were politicians who tried their best to serve and fulfil their duties. Sadly, they can no longer be of service to what our country has been facing for the recent years.
Many senators have made a remark before they passed. Their legacy remains in the heart of many Filipinos and some still keep on living their principles. KAMI has listed 5 remarkable senators who definitely changed the history of the Philippines.
Gil Juco Puyat Sr. was known to be a statesman and a businessman. He was born on September 1, 1907. According to Inquirer, Puyat was the youngest dean of University of the Philippines in College of Business Administration. Puyat was also a member of the Rotary Club of Manila. He became a senator from 1951 up to 1973. He also served as Senate President in 1967.
Puyat’s father, Don Gonzalo, was the founder of one of the biggest companies in the country according to the website of Senate of the Philippines. Puyat was a known as both business and national leader. His legacy was the Budget Act which was about the national budget and public works funds. Puyat died on March 23, 1980.
Benigno Simeon “Ninoy” Aquino Jr was born on November 27, 1932. He was once the youngest mayor and also became a governor in 1961. Later on, he served as the secretary-general of Liberal Party. IN 1968, he started serving in the Senate and was even labelled as one of the outstanding senators according to Aquino’s official website. Since then, he has been advocating for democracy in the Philippines most especially when the late President Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law in 1972. Aquino was tagged as a fallen leader when he was assassinated at the Manila International Airport (now Ninoy Aquino International Airport) in 1983. Until now, Aquino can be seen on a 500-peso bill with his late wife and former President Corazon Cojuangco Aquino.
Jose W. Diokno was born on February 26, 1922. He studied at De La Salle University and then studied law at University of Santo Tomas. However, it was interrupted during the World War 2 and decided to continue learning through his father’s books. The Supreme Court granted permission to allow Diokno to take the Bar exams despite the lack of law degree. Still, he got a 95.3% and tied at the first place with Jovito Salonga. He became a justice secretary and in 1963 he started serving in the Senate up until 1972.
He became a part of Nacionalista Party’s legal counsel. During the martial law, he was arrested. When he was released in 1974, he formed a Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) with Joker Arroyo and Lorenzo Tañada to give legal assistance to the martial law victims as reported by ABS-CBN News. He was also a founding chairman of Commission on Human Rights. On February 27, 197, he passed away due to lung cancer.
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Edgardo Angara was born on September 24, 1934. In 1975, Angara was the president of Philippine Bar Association and also became a president of Integrated Bar of the Philippines in 1979. He served in the Senate from 1987 to 1998. Back in 1993, he was elected as Senate President.
Angara was the man behind the laws that created National Museum and National Commission for the Culture and the Arts (NCCA) as reported by Rappler. He was also pushing the passage of laws regarding Free High School Act, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), the Renewable Energy Act, the National Health Insurance Act (PhilHealth), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Senior Citizens Act, the Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act (AFMA), and the Procurement Reform Act.
In 1998, he ran to be the vice president of the country but he did not win against Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. He came back in the Senate in 2001 to 2013. Angara passed away on May 13, 2018, at the age of 83 due to a heart attack.
Miriam Defensor-Santiago was born on June 15, 1945. She was known to be the “Iron Lady of Asia” for she is intelligent, fierce, smart, witty and outspoken. She served in the Senate in 1995. He got back to being a senator in 2004 and then in 2010. Santiago had also joined the Presidential race in 1992, 1998 and in 2016 but she lost. As previously reported by KAMI, she was also the first Filipino to become a judge in the International Criminal Court (ICC). She was also the Agrarian Reform Secretary under Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).
She was able to serve in all branches of the government: judicial, executive, and legislative. She pushed for the passage of the laws Magna Carta of Women, Cybercrime Act of 2012, Reproductive Health Act of 2012, Sin Tax Law and many more. She also authored the book “Stupid is Forever” and “Stupid is Forevermore”. She succumbed to lung cancer on September 29, 2016.
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