Ernesto Maceda son corrects media reports, says former Senate president still on life support

    MANILA, Philippines -The former senate president’s son Ernest Maceda has denied reports that their father, Ernesto Maceda, has died. However, he also revealed that they “are not expecting miracles.”

    Former Senate president Ernesto Maceda dies at 81
    Mr. Expose is best known for exposing government anomalies and other controversial issues. PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook/Ernesto Maceda
    Maceda’s other son Erwin told Rappler that their father is being kept alive by machines.

    "We're just waiting for our brother [eldest son, coming from San Francisco] to come here by tonight,” he said.

    Earlier Monday, Maceda family spokesman Jimmy Policarpio announced that Maceda passed away at around 11:30 a.m. at St. Luke’s Medical Center. Maceda suffered from a mild stoke two days ago while recovering from a gallbladder surgery.

    UPDATE: 'Mr. Expose' Ernesto Maceda dead at 81

    “Kanina nilagyan siya ng pacemaker. Hindi yata nakayanan kaya nangyari ang hindi inaasahan,” Policarpio said.

    ( A pacemaker was put on him a while ago. Apparently, his body couldn’t tolerate it so the unexpected happened.)

    Policarpio, who asked for the privacy of the Maceda family, believes that the veteran lawmaker’s health was hugely affected by his participation in the last elections in which he supported his son’s candidacy.

    Also known as “Mr. Expose”, Maceda is best known for exposing government anomalies and other controversial issues including the PEA-Amari scam and the so-called “Brunei Beauties”.

    Born in Pagsanjan, Laguna on March 26, 1935, He served for 3 Senate terms and became the Presidential Assistant on Community Development, Chairman of the Commission on Reorganization, Secretary of Commerce and Industry, and Executive Secretary under President Ferdinand Marcos’ administration as well as the Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources during President Corazon Aquino’s term. He was also the Philippine ambassador to the United States from 1998 to 2001 under President Joseph Estrada’s term.

    He holds the distinction of being the only Filipino to have held five Cabinet positions.

    In the 2013 elections, Maceda ran for senator but lost.

    Maceda earned his bachelors of Laws degree, Cum Laude, from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1956. The former Senator holds a Doctorate in Education (honoris causa) from the Philippine Normal University and Doctorate in Public Administration (honoris causa) from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.

    --Mini, The Summit Express
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