FORMER Senate president Ernesto Maceda is currently in critical condition at the St. Luke’s Medical Center, in Quezon City.
Information reportedly coming from a member of the former senator’s family said that Maceda is currently on life support, suffering complications from several health problems.
But his family has yet to issue an official statement regarding his condition, although some media outfits already reported that Maceda passed away.
Lawyer Erwin Maceda, in an interview with reporters, denied that his father is dead but admitted that he was in critical condition.
Several senators also issued statement of condolences on the internet after learning about the news.
On her twitter account, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago said, “My deepest sympathies to the family and loved ones of Former Senate President Ernesto Maceda. May his soul rest in peace.”
Sen. Juan Edgardo Angara tweeted: “RiP manong Ernie Maceda. Former senate president and contemporary of my father.”
Even the Office of the Senate Sergeant-At-Arms was confused on the real condition of Maceda and has put the flag on half-mast twice.
Maceda was elected to the Senate for the first time in 1971, but parted ways with former President Ferdinand Marcos when he declared Martial Law, and left the country.
He returned to the country and ran under the administration ticket of President Corazon Aquino during 1987 senatorial elections.
His stint as Senate President from 1996 to 1998 has been acknowledged for its outstanding quality.
Maceda has an exemplary record of public service spanning 43 years in high-level government positions. His career has been marked by numerous outstanding achievements, starting from his election at the age of 23 as the No. 1 Councilor of Manila in 1959.
Born in Pagsanjan, Laguna, on March 26, 1935, Maceda is married to Marichu Vera-Perez. They are blessed with four children. JEFFERSON ANTIPORDA