MANILA — Former senator Tessie Aquino-Oreta passed away on Thursday night. She was 75.
The passing of the former public servant was announced by her son in Malabon mayor Antolin “Lenlen” Oreta in a Facebook post.
“On behalf of my family, it is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my mom at 10:48 p.m. of May 14,” said the local chief executive.
“Former Senator Tessie Aquino-Oreta was a public servant who devoted her life to the country and her adopted hometown of Malabon. She was a loving grandmother, mother, and wife and a friend to those whose lives she touched,” the mayor added.
A sister of the late senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., TAO served as chairperson of the Senate Committee on Education, Arts and Culture in the 11th Congress.
Aquino-Oreta became a Lieutenant Colonel (Reserved) in the Philippine Air Force after earning a Master’s Degree in National Security Administration from the National Defense College of the Philippines.
She was elected to the Senate in 1998 and also represented the district of Malabon City-Navotas at the House of Representatives for three consecutive terms, from 1987-1998.
During the 2000 impeachment trial of former president Joseph Estrada, she voted against the opening of a controversial second envelop allegedly containing information against Estrada who was later ousted as president in a four-day bloodless revolt. (ia/SovereignPH.com)