FORMER senator Leticia Ramos-Shahani, 87, died while in a coma early Monday morning in a Taguig City hospital where she is being treated for cancer.
“Bereft and full of grief, but still strangely peaceful in the knowledge that she is now free from all suffering,” Shahani’s daughter, Lila Shahani, posted on Facebook. She also posted that her mother died at 2:40 a.m.
Lila said her mother had stage 4 colon cancer and had undergone different treatments like chemo and stem cell therapies unfortunately she developed infections and pneumonia which became fatal.
Shahani, who was the sister of former president Fidel V. Ramos, was in the foreign service for 20 years and served as the United Nations Secretary General for Social Development and Humanitarian Affairs. She also became the Philippine ambassador to Australia, Romania, Hungary and West Germany before she was appointed Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs and Chairperson of the National Commission on Women.
Shahani won as senator in the 1987 elections and chaired the committees on foreign affairs, education, culture and arts, agriculture and appointments.