Former DFA chief passes away

Perfecto Yasay Jr

FORMER Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr., 73, succumbed Friday to cancer, his wife announced in a Facebook post.

“My husband, my partner, my best friend left us today at 7:26 a.m. due to pneumonia caused by the recurrence of his cancer, not Covid. Jun Yasay, you are loved. We will miss you lots,” his wife Cecille Joaquin Yasay said.

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said it was Yasay who recommended him to be Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations.

"He recommended me for my UN job," Locsin said.

"'Jun Yasay has donned the garment of immortality. More important it makes him finally impervious to pain ," Locsin tweeted.

Locsin, in the same tweet, said "He hurt no one and helped everyone he could. He did what many fighting tyranny had to: shield themselves with US law."

"Thank you, America, for shielding him while he fought for Filipino liberty. May his detractors burn in hell."

The Commission on Appointments rejected Yasay's appointment as foreign affairs secretary on March 2017  due to questions about his citizenship.

Yasay sought asylum in the United States to  escape Martial Law.

Until his death he was the chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Philippine Christian University.