Perfecto Yasay Jr. passes away at 73

MANILA, Philippines – Former Secretary of Foreign Affairs Perfecto Yasay Jr. passed away Friday, June 12. He was 73.

Perfecto Yasay Jr. passes away at 73
Former Philippines Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. Photo courtesy of DFA Manila

The sad news was confirmed by his wife Cecile Joaquin Yasay on Facebook. She also clarified that her husband succumbed to pneumonia and not the contagious coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

"My husband, my partner, my best friend - left us today at 7:26 am due to pneumonia caused by the recurrence of his cancer, not COVID."

"Jun Yasay, you are loved. We will miss you lots."

UPDATE | From the wife of Atty. Perfecto Yasay, Jr.
Posted by United Church of Christ in the Philippines on Thursday, June 11, 2020

Earlier, the United Church of Christ in the Philippines posted on social media the passing of Yasay.

"We deeply regret the news of the passing of current Chairperson of PCU [Philippine Christian University] Board of Trustees and former DFA Secretary Atty. Perfecto Yasay, Jr."

Perfecto Yasay also served as former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and was Bangon Pilipinas Party's vice-presidential candidate in the 2010 Philippine elections, running alongside Eddie Villanueva.

He was among those who testified in the impeachment trial against President Joseph Estrada on charges of corruption. The probe that led to the ouster of Estrada, known as EDSA People Power II in 2001.

He was born on January 27, 1947 to Perfecto Yasay Sr., a pastor, and Deborah Rivas, a public school teacher, in Kidapawan, North Cotabato.

Yasay finished his college education earning a degree in political science at the Central Philippine University, Iloilo City in 1967. He continued his study of law at the University of the Philippines. He has MBA units in business studies from Ateneo de Manila University.

— The Summit Express

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