Former Senator Tessie Aquino-Oreta passes away at 75

MANILA, Philippines – Former senator Maria Teresa Aquino-Oreta passed away Thursday evening, her son, Malabon Mayor Antolin "Len Len" A. Oreta lll confirmed on Friday. She was 75.
Former Senator Tessie Aquino-Oreta passes away at 75

"On behalf of my family, it is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my mom at 10:48 p.m. of May 14. Former Senator Tessie Aquino-Oreta was a public servant who devoted her life to the country and her adopted hometown of Malabon," the Malabon mayor said in a Facebook post.

"She was a loving grandmother, mother, and wife and a friend to those whose lives she touched. We ask for your prayers for mom. Thank you," he added.

Tessie Aquino, sister of the late senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr., was born on June 28, 1944.

She was the chairperson of the Senate Committee on Education, Arts and Culture in the 11th Congress.

The former politician attended primary school at the College of the Holy Spirit in Mendiola and high school and college at Assumption Convent (now now Assumption College), where she took a degree in Literature and History.

She participated in the impeachment trial of former president Joseph Estrada and was one of the senators who voted against the opening of the so-called "second envelope." After the vote, she was caught on camera doing a jig, which earned her the nickname "dancing queen."

— The Summit Express

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