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Ex-senator Shahani, 87

Center in Taguig City at dawn yesterday. She was 87.

Former President Fidel Ramos’s sister, Shahani was supposed to undergo chemotherapy because she had colon cancer.

Malacañang on offered its condolences to the family of Shahani.

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said, “The Palace is saddened by the news of former senator and career diplomat Leticia Ramos Shahani’s passing this morning.”

“Senator Shahani served the nation well as Senator of the Republic and worked tirelessly in the executive branch in various capacities under different administrations,” he said.

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

Shahani had worked in the United Nations (UN) Division of Human Rights from 1964 to 1968, and chaired the Commission on the Status of Women in 1974.

Shahani also served as Philippine ambassador to Australia, Romania, Hungary and West Germany before she was appointed undersecretary of Foreign Affairs and chairperson of the National Commission on Women.

Shahani became senator from 1987 to 1998, and she once chaired the Senate committees on foreign affairs, education, culture and arts, agriculture and appointments among others.

She is survived by her three children with the late Indian professor and writer Ranjee Shahani: Ranjit, Chanda, and Lila. (pna)

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