Senate President Franklin Drilon together with Acting Minority Leader Tito Sotto presents a copy of Senate Resolution no. 1014, expressing profound sympathy and sincere condolence of the Senate on the death of former Senator Juan Flavier, to his wife, Mrs. Susan Flavier and his son Jonathan. (MNS photo)

Senate President Franklin Drilon together with Acting Minority Leader Tito Sotto presents a copy of Senate Resolution no. 1014, expressing profound sympathy and sincere condolence of the Senate on the death of former Senator Juan Flavier, to his wife, Mrs. Susan Flavier and his son Jonathan. (MNS photo)

MANILA, Nov 17 (Mabuhay) — Former and current senators on Monday honored the sterling achievements and contributions of the late Senator Juan Flavier at the necrological services in the Senate which his widow, Mrs. Susan Flavier, and family attended.

Led by Senate President Franklin Drilon, former Senators Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr., Rene Espina, Leticia Ramos-Shahani and Nikki Coseteng; and incumbent Senators Juan Edgardo Angara, Bam Aquino, Pia Cayetano, Loren Legarda, Miriam Defensor-Santigo, Gregorio Honasan, Sergio Osmena III, and Vicente Sotto III paid their respects to Flavier.

Santiago was the first who offered her eulogy for Flavier commending his achievements and said the late lawmaker was the most honest senator she ever knew.

“Juan Martin Flavier was my best friend in the Senate, and possibly the most honest senator I knew,” Santiago said.

She said Flavier endeared himself to all committee heads when they needed another senator to form the quorum of two senators for a public hearing.

“No matter what the committee or subject was, the genial Sen. Flavier made himself available every single day of the week for a quorum, as if it was his duty,” Santiago said.

She remembered that when she delivered a privilege speech denouncing the corrupt system embedded in the pork barrel allocations, only Flavier rose to affirm her accuation of corruption in the Senate.

“If Sen. Flavier did not have the courage and the purity of heart to support my story of corruption, I would have made no impact. Because of Sen. Flavier’s comment, the media picked up the story,” Santiago said.

The senator also said that when she was sometimes tired or bored or downhearted, she would “saunter to Johnny’s desk and engage him in a chat, confident that she was sharing a companionable time with an honest man, a good man, a great man.”

“In conclusion, since Juan Martin Flavier was a scholarly man who sought knowledge from universities abroad, allow me to quote from the poem entitled Dominus Illuminatio Mea, the Oxford motto which means God be my light:

“In the hour of death, after this life’s whim,

When the heart beats low, and the eyes grow dim,

And pain has exhausted every limb –

The lover of the Lord shall trust in Him.”

Aside from Santiago, Legarda, Cayetano, and Honasan also delivered their individual eulogies.

Sotto presented Mrs. Susan Flavier the Senate Resolution expressing the Senate’s “profound sympathy and sincere condolence on the death of the former senator”. (MNS)