Top Lawyer and Ex-Senator Joker Arroyo Dies During Heart Surgery in U.S.

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SEN. JOKER ARROYO, 88. Dios Mabalos.

MANILA – Former senator Joker Arroyo of Naga City and Makati City died on October 5 while reportedly undergoing open heart surgery in the United States. He was 88 years old.

Saguisag described Arroyo’s passing as a “shocker,” noting he did not know that Arroyo was brought to the US. He said they last communicated in January this year.

“Nabasa ko sa emails ko, hindi nag-succeed ‘yung heart operation… Medyo mahirap paniwalaan, napakalakas, young-looking. It was a shocker,” Saguisag said.

“As of now, basta ang alam natin dinala sa Estados Unidos at doon yumao [si Senator Joker Arroyo],” he added. – See more at: https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/539793/news/nation/ex-sen-joker-arroyo-dies-at-age-88#sthash.Po2gDf6Z.dpuf

 Former senator Rene Saguisag said the news on the death of Arroyo was a “shocker,” adding he did not know he was brought to the US for the operation.
 Arroyo first made his mark when as a lawyer he challenge the proclamation of martial law in 1971 by then President Ferdinand Marcos.
He defended several political detainees during the martial law regime like the late Senator Benigno Aquino Jr., Sergio Osmena, Eugenio Lopez, former Senators Jovito Salonga, Eva Kalaw and Aquilino Pimentel and Jose Ma. Sison.
He became lead prosecutor of the Senate Impeachment Tribunal of then President Joseph Estrada.
Arroyo also served as a senator-judge in the impeachment trial of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona, and voted to acquit the chief justice who was later on impeached by 20 – 3 decision.
Vice President Jejomar Binay also mourned the death of Arroyo, saying the nation has lost a patriot and a true Filipino.
“The death of Joker leaves me with a deep sense of personal loss. The nation has lost a patriot and a true Filipino. I have lost a dear friend, a mentor and a brother,” he said.
Binay said they went through a lot together as human rights lawyers. He also credited Arroyo for helping rebuild Makati from a debt-ridden municipality to a model of public service and pro-poor governance.
“Joker played a big role in rebuilding the nation from the ashes of the dictatorship. And he also helped rebuild Makati from a debt-ridden municipality to a model of public service and pro-poor governance. The people of Makati will always be grateful to Joker. The Filipino people will always remember his battles to defend democracy and human rights. I will always keep his memories close to my heart.”

Saguisag described Arroyo’s passing as a “shocker,” noting he did not know that Arroyo was brought to the US. He said they last communicated in January this year.

“Nabasa ko sa emails ko, hindi nag-succeed ‘yung heart operation… Medyo mahirap paniwalaan, napakalakas, young-looking. It was a shocker,” Saguisag said.

“As of now, basta ang alam natin dinala sa Estados Unidos at doon yumao [si Senator Joker Arroyo],” he added. – See more at: https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/539793/news/nation/ex-sen-joker-arroyo-dies-at-age-88#sthash.Po2gDf6Z.dpuf

”Joker earned sobriquets in his storied life. The Great Dissenter. The Maverick. The Defender. He was even called The Scrooge for his economical use of office funds,” said Sen. Ralph Recto said.
”But there was one area he didn’t scrimp on. And that was offering his sharp legal mind, for free, to those who need it most but can afford it least. If he had a good heart, it was because his favorite form of exercise was to bend down and pull someone out of the gutter,” he added.
Senator Juan Edgardo ‘Sonny’ Angara posted his reaction on Twitter: “RIP ex Senator Joker Arroyo, Dios Mabalos (goodbye).”
”For the younger generation who may not be aware of Sen. Joker’s contributions to nation-building, they should know that he fought for the restoration of democracy in the Philippines. He fought in the courts and in the streets for the restoration of our civil and political rights which we enjoy today,” Angara said in a separate press statement.
Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said “that’s terrible news” upon learning Arroyo’s death from the media.
Later, Marcos issued a press statement to express his condolences to the bereaved family his former colleague.
”I am deeply saddened by the tragic news of Joker Arroyo’s passing. I value greatly my time spent with him in the Senate. Considering where we came from, we often found ourselves in agreement over political questions. I think because of this, I dare say that we eventually became friends. My prayers and thoughts are with his family as they suffer through this great loss,” Marcos said.
Arroyo was one of the key figures in the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution that ousted Marcos’ father, the late strongman President Ferdinand Marcos.
Rumors about Arroyo’s death have been circulating in the Senate media since Monday.
Arroyo, a human rights lawyer, served as member of the Philippine Senate for two consecutive terms in 2001 and 2007 before he quit politics in 2013.
He also served as congressman of Makati for nine years and as executive secretary of the late former President Corazon Aquino, mother of the incumbent President Benigno Aquino III.
Arroyo was born January 5, 1927 in Naga, Camarines Sur where he finished his primary and secondary education in Naga before getting a scholarship in the University of the Philippines.
A graduate of the UP College of Law and the Ateneo de Manila, Arroyo earned the public recognition when he challenged before the Supreme Court (SC) the constitutionality of Proclamation No. 1081 imposing martial law.
Based on the his Senate profile, Arroyo handled more human rights cases than any other lawyer did from 1972-1986.
He defended various political detainees including President Aquino’s father, the Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr, Eugenio Lopez, Jr., Serge Osmeña III, Jose Ma. Sison, Jovito Salonga, Nene Pimentel, Eva Kalaw, Renato Tañada, Eduardo Olaguer and many others.
He was also a lead prosecutor during the impeachment trial of President Joseph Estrada in December 2000.

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