Former Senate President Jovito Salonga was laid to rest at the Pasig Public Cemetery on Wednesday, March 16, according to a radio report.
At the same time, Pasig government officials declared March 10 as “Ka Jovito Salonga” Day in honor of the late senator’s contributions to Philippine democracy.
Salonga was born in Pasig on June 22, 1920 to Esteban Salonga and Bernardita Reyes. He studied law at the University of the Philippines and topped the 1944 bar examinations with a grade of 95.3.
Salonga was among the Liberal Party (LP) candidates injured during the Plaza Miranda bombing on August 21, 1971. He survived the bombing, which impaired his eyesight, sense of hearing, and left more than a hundred pieces of shrapnel in his body.
Salonga became the first chairman of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) and the country’s first Senate President in 1987 — a year after the 1986 Edsa Revolution ended the Marcos dictatorship and installed as president, Corazon Aquino, wife of martyred senator Benigno Aquino Jr., and mother of incumbent Benigno Aquino III.
The late politician was also honored by colleagues and friends at the Senate on Tuesday, March 15.