Members of both the Senate and House of Representatives on Monday praised OFW Family Club party-list Rep. Roy Señeres for his dedication to improving the lives of migrant workers and ordinary employees.
Senator Grace Poe said Señeres, who passed away on Monday morning at the age of 68 due to complications from diabetes, left behind a legacy "as a champion of the welfare of OFWs (overseas Filipino workers)."
"He will be remembered for his cause to make better working conditions for Filipino workers through their security of tenure," Poe said in a statement. "Our prayers are with him and his family."
Poe’s running mate, Senator Francis Escudero, said he is saddened by the demise of the former ambassador a day before the campaign season for those seeking national posts in the May elections kicked off.
"I am deeply saddened and shocked by the sudden demise of Ambassador Roy Seneres. He is a big loss to the OFWs and their families, whose causes and concerns he had fought for," Escudero said.
"Our deepest condolences to his family. I appeal to our people to pray for the eternal repose of Ambassador Seneres, as well as for strength for his loved ones during this difficult time," he added.
Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said Señeres had championed OFWs’ rights as a diplomat and fought for laborers’ rights as chairman of the National Labor Relations Commission.
In the House of Representatives, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said Señeres will be remembered for his "unwavering dedication and sincere service to our nation onto the very end."
"He is a great loss to our overseas Filipino workers’ community having spent most of his life to champion their concerns as well as those of the labor sector," Belmonte said.
Isabela Rep. Rodolfo Albano III said he considers Señeres a champion of the rights and welfare of Filipino migrants.
"I am saddened by the demise of the esteemed and respected colleague and legislator who had worked hard to uphold and protect the rights of migrant, and evel local, Filipino workers," he said in a statement.
Señeres was supposed to run for president under the Partido ng Manggagawa at Magsasaka until he withdrew his candidacy last Friday for health reasons. —Xianne Arcangel/KBK, GMA News