By Vanne Elaine Terrazola
The Senate on Wednesday paid tribute to former senator Rene Espina, who died last week due to kidney complications at the age of 89.
A necrological service was held in Wednesday morning in the Upper Chamber for Espina, who served as senator in the Seventh Congress from 1970 to 1973.
Former Senator Francisco Tatad and former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, who worked with Espina during former President Ferdinand Marcos’ administration, delivered eulogies praising late former senator’s and his contributions to the government.
Enrile described Espina as an “honorable man”.
Senator Imee Marcos, meanwhile, recounted her late father’s friendship with Espina.
Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, in their eulogies, cited Espina’s advocacy against illegal drugs. Espina was the author of the country’s first anti-drug law, the Dangerous Drugs Act of 1972.
“I salute the Honorable Espina for living a humble and full life as a public servant, away from the funfare or self-praise. Here was a man who lived so that his countrymen may enjoy the benefits of his labor,” Sotto said.
During the necrological service, Espina’s family received the Senate Resolution No. 12 expressing the Senate’s condolences and honoring the late former lawmaker .
Former president Joseph Ejercito Estrada, and his wife, Loi Estrada graced the necrological service for Espina. Former Wigberto Tañada
Also present were Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri and Sens. Nancy Binay, Ronald dela Rosa, Christopher Go, Richard Gordon, Panfilo Lacson, and Cynthia Villar.