March 20, 2017
We offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Senator Leticia Ramos-Shahani who passed away today. Manang Letty was a staunch advocate of an independent foreign policy and what she described as “people’s diplomacy” in the assertion of our national interest. She was one of the leaders of P1NAS or Pilipinong Nagkakaisa para sa Soberanya which stood against foreign intervention including the incursions of China in the West Philippine Sea. Even during her illness, she joined the P1NAS solidarity and fact finding mission to Zambales to support our Filipino fishermen who were being denied their right to fish near Panatag Shoal. She often lamented why the Philippines, an archepelagic country, did not develop its navy and its own shipping industry, making us unable to defend our waters and dependent on other foreign powers.
We in Bayan are deeply saddened by her passing. We hope that she can be an example to the Filipino youth in our continuing fight for genuine freedom against all foreign dictates. May her legacy guide the current and future leaders of this nation in upholding a truly independent foreign policy. ###