Drilon mourns death of ex-Sen. Herrera

MANILA – Senate President Franklin Drilon on Friday joined the nation in mourning the death of former Senator Ernesto “Boy” Herrera.

”I join the whole nation in mourning the passing of a friend and an esteemed colleague, former Senator Ernesto ‘Boy’ Herrera,” Drilon said in a press statement.

Herrera, a former trade union leader, died of cardiac arrest on Thursday at the Manila Doctors Hospital. He was 73.

Drilon described Herrera as a tireless crusader for the welfare of the Filipino worker.

”I have known Boy for decades and I witnessed how committed he was in fighting for the cause, rights and welfare of millions of our workers. He was a giant of Philippine labor. Our country’s workers have lost a champion,” Drilon said.

”I am proud to have worked and shared the Senate floor with such a principled and distinguished public servant. He will remain an inspiration to all of us,” he added.

Herrera served as senator for two terms in 1987 and 1992 and as general secretary and president of the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP).

Herrera was the second senator who died in one month after Senator Joker Arroyo succumbed reportedly to heart failure last October 5 while in the United States. He was 88. PNA