Former Senate President Ernesto Maceda passes away

  • Former Senate President Ernesto Maceda passes away at 81 years old
  • His family cites multiple organ failure as the politician’s cause of death
  • The lawmaker served three terms in the Senate from 1971 to 1998

Former Senate President Ernesto Maceda peacefully passed away on Monday evening, according to his daughter-in-law. He was 81 years old.

In a status update posted by the ABS-CBN News Channel via Twitter on June 20, 2016, it was disclosed that Rica Vergara-Maceda relayed to the press the final update regarding the condition of the lawmaker who served the Philippine Senate for three terms from 1971 to 1998.

Maceda underwent a gallbladder operation on Saturday, but the procedure, though believed to have been successful, slipped him into a coma.

According to his family, Maceda was only survived by a life-support system prior to his passing, and his death was brought about by multiple organ failure.

The former leader of the Upper House was born on March 26, 1935 in Pagsanjan, Laguna, and he graduated with flying colors in both his associate and bachelor degrees in arts and law from the Ateneo de Manila University and the Harvard Law School.

At an early age of 23, he was already hailed as the top councilor of Manila and was subsequently named as the Outstanding Councilor of the city.

In 1966, Maceda served as a cabinet member for the administration of Former President Ferdinand Marcos as the Presidential Assistant on Community Development.

Three years later, he was appointed as the Executive Secretary of the government, while concurrently serving as the Chairman of the Commission on Reorganization.

Our sincerest condolences to the bereaved family members of Senator Maceda.