Press Release
June 21, 2016

Statement of Senate President Franklin M. Drilon on the
passing of former Senator Ernesto M. Maceda

I join the entire nation in mourning the passing of a statesman and an esteemed colleague, former Senate President Ernesto M. Maceda. I send my sincerest condolences to his family and I pray that the Lord will give them strength throughout this difficult time.

A Cabinet member at the young age of 29, Senator Ernesto Maceda went on to become an effective bureaucrat and a principled lawmaker who always acted based on the people's interest.

In the time that we shared in the Senate floor, I have known him as a tireless worker and a very "hands-on" Senate President, whose unique zeal and work ethic had led to many important laws that benefited our people.

I am proud to have worked alongside such a distinguished public servant. He will remain an inspiration to all of us.

I have ordered Senate Secretary Oscar G. Yabes to lower the flag at the Senate at half-mast to honor Senator Maceda. The Senate will also coordinate with the family of the late senator to provide honor guards during the wake and arrange for a necrological service for him.

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