Former senator Ziga, 75

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    FORMER senator Victor Ziga Sr. died on Sunday afternoon due to a heart ailment and multiple organ failure at the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City. He was 75.

    Ziga’s death was announced yesterday by his son, Victor Jr., in his Facebook account.

    The younger Ziga, a provincial board member in Albay, said his father’s remains will lie in state at the Loyola Memorial Chapels in Sucat, Paranaque for five days before cremation.

    Details of the necrological services are still being worked out by the family in coordination with the Senate.

    Yesterday, the Senate flag was lowered to half-staff to mourn Ziga’s death.

    Senate President Vicente Sotto III extended the Senate’s condolences to the Ziga family, saying: “I am sad. We did not serve together but we were textmates during these last few years. We talked politics and I enjoyed his insights regarding our political landscape.”

    The Senate adopted a resolution “expressing the profound sympathy and sincere condolences” on the death of Ziga.

    Sotto cut short yesterday’s plenary session as a tradition when former or present members of the Senate pass away.

    Ziga was a former stalwart of the Liberal Party who, together with party leaders, took to the streets to oppose the Marcos regime. He had an active role in the 1986 People Power Revolution that ousted Marcos and brought Corazon Aquino to the presidency.

    Ziga, a native of Albay province in the Bicol region, served as senator from 1987 to 1992 after becoming an assemblyman from 1984 to 1986. He was also a former Cabinet Minister of general services in 1986, and a former Albay governor. He passed the bar in 1975.

    Ziga served as the chairman of the Senate committee on public works and highways, vice chair of the committee on agriculture and food, and tourism. He also became a member of the 12 other Senate committees, a member of the Commission on Appointments, and a member of the Senate Electoral Tribunal.