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LOOK | Activists praise Shahani, who stood vs foreign intervention, China incursion into West PH Sea

File photo of former Sen. Leticia Ramos-Shahani from Facebook
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MANILA, Philippines – Members of the multi-sectoral left-leaning organization Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) has offered its “deepest condolences” to the family of former Sen. Leticia Ramos-Shahani, who passed away early Monday morning after suffering from colon cancer.

Bayan said “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.”

The group said Shahani, the younger sister of former President Fidel Ramos, was among the leaders of P1NAS or Pilipinong Nagkakaisa para sa Soberanya that “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,” said Bayan.

“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,” the group added.

“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,” it added.