• Senators on Mandela’s death


    THE world has lost a man who throughout his life has served as a potent symbol of honor, peace courage and humility and the senate joins the world in mourning the passing of former President Nelson Mandela of South Africa and the Senate.
    Senate president Franklin Drilon describe the South African civil rights leader as who gas brought positive transformation though his lifelong belief in goodwill and his unmatched determination.
    From rebel leader to prominent activist, from prisoner to president, Mandela, called “Madiba” by his people,Drilon said, Mandela transformed not only himself, but others around him, and the entire nation of South Africa.
    “On behalf of the Senate of the Philippines, we extend our deepest sympathy and utmost support to his beloved wife, Graça Machel, and to his children. We join the entire world and the people of South Africa in mourning for the loss of this truly extraordinary man,” Drilon said.
    For Senator Loren Legarda, Mandela true greatness is his humility and the former South African leader can earn your respect with his presence alone because even with his power and influence, he remained kindly and unassuming.
    “The world grieves over the death of the man whose courage inspired the dawning of a new South Africa and empowered victims of social injustice in other parts of the world,” she added.
    Legarda, who was able to meet Mandela when she was still a journalist, said that Mandela never gave the impression that the leadership was all about him, instead look at himself as a servant tasked to execute the ideals and ideas of his organization.
    Senator Nancy Binay also has high respect for Mandaela who according to her has served as an inspiration and a beckon of hope not only to the people of South Africa during the struggle to end the dark days of apartheid but to every nation, rich and poor.
    His simplicity, grace and passion, Binay said, will continue to live inside those who believe in democracy and equality of all persons -– regardless of color, religion or beliefs.
    “Together with the Filipino people, I extend my sympathies to his great nation, who lost a leader and a visionary, and to his family who lost a husband, a father, a grandfather,” she added.
    A lawyer by profession, Mandela joined the African National Congress in 1944 to fight the apartheid policy of the South African government.
    He was sentenced to life imprisonment for sabotage and treason in 1962, which gained him international attention as a symbol of resistance against social injustice. Mandela became the first black President of the Republic of South Africa, ending generations of apartheid In 1994. Jefferson Antiporda


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