SENATE PRESIDENT FRANKLIN M. DRILON ON THE PASSING OF SENATOR JUAN M. FLAVIER
I join the entire nation in mourning the passing of Senator Juan M. Flavier. While the country has lost a statesman who achieved greatness in dedicating his entire life to public service, I have lost a dear friend.
Senator Flavier’s humility and simplicity defined him. He was a doctor who shunned the lure of a financially rewarding private practice to be a “Doctor to the Barrios”. He continued his selfless ways by joining public service as a Secretary of Health who bravely campaigned for his advocacies, and as a Senator who placed the interest of our people above all else.
That was JMF or Johnny, who I came to know—a man whose integrity and devotion to duty only a few can match.
I am fortunate for having had the opportunity to work with Senator Flavier both in the cabinet and in the Senate. I am personally thankful for his dedication and hard work as my Senate President Pro-Tempore, and his loyalty to the institution.
On behalf of the Senate, I extend our condolences to the family of Johnny.
Senator Juan M. Flavier passed away on October 30, 2014. /MP