MalacaÑang has condoled with the family of former senator Vicente Paterno who died on Friday morning.
Paterno, founder and chairman of Philippine Seven Corporation, turned 89 on November 18.
In a statement, Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said Paterno was “an exponent of honesty, efficiency, faith, and love of country” throughout his career in public service and in the private sector.
“The nation has lost a distinguished public servant and exponent of principled governance,” Valte said.
She said the testament to Paterno’s principled governance was his refusal “to surrender his independence or integrity” when he served the Marcos administration as chairman of the Board of Investments and Minister of Public Highways.
“We extend our deepest sympathy to his widow and children; his passing is a loss to the country but his enduring example will remain a constant source of pride for his loved ones and the Filipino people whom he served so well,” Valte said.
Paterno, who was a senator from 1987 to 1992, was Public Highways minister in 1979 and Deputy Executive Secretary for Energy of the Office of the President from 1986 to 1987.