FORMER Senate president Ernesto Maceda passed away Monday night, two days after he was rushed to St. Luke’s Medical Center, in Quezon City, due to chest pains. He was 81.
Maceda died at 8:58 p.m. due to multiple organ failures, according to his son, lawyer Ernest Maceda.
The younger Maceda said the former senator was on life support early Monday morning, although he remained unresponsive.
The ex-senator was with his children and grandchildren when he passed away, several hours after reports on his death were published by several media entities.
Earlier today, another lawyer in the family, Erwin Maceda, in an interview with reporters, denied that his father was dead, but admitted that he was in critical condition.
Several senators had also issued statement of condolences on the internet after learning about the news.
On her twitter account, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago had 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 had 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 had twice put the flag at half-mast.
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 left 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 was married to Marichu Vera-Perez. JEFFERSON ANTIPORDA