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Ex-Senate President Maceda clinically dead

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Former Senate President Ernesto M. Maceda, the country’s 15th Senate President, is clinically dead.

Son Erwin said Maceda is clinically dead and is attached to a life support system.

Maceda’s family is now awaiting for other members to arrive from overseas.

The 81-year-old Maceda suffered a stroke last week and was taken to the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City for gall bladder surgery last Sunday where he suffered multiple organ failure.

Maceda has an outstanding record of public service spanning 43 years in high government positions. His career was marked by numerous outstanding achievements starting from his election at the age of 23 as the No. 1 councilor of Manila in 1959.

Because of his achievements in the City Council, Maceda was named Outstanding Councilor of Manila.

He ran under President Corazon C. Aquino’s administration’s ticket during the 1987 senatorial elections. His stint in the Senate as Senate President from 1996-1998 has been acknowledged for its outstanding quality.

Since the opening of the Congress in 1987, Maceda has received numerous awards from various news agencies and private organizations for his outstanding performance and has been constantly chosen No. 1 Senator by numerous publications, political analysts, and Senate reporters. (Mario B. Casayuran)