Manila, Philippines — On Monday, the Philippines bid farewell to a public servant who dedicated his life to serving his country. Former Senator Rodolfo Biazon passed away at the age of 88 after battling serious pneumonia and lung cancer.

During the term of the late President Corazon Aquino, Biazon held the position of chief of staff in the Armed Forces of the Philippines. His significant contributions to the military’s modernization earned him widespread recognition, and his colleagues highly respected and admired him for it.

In 1992, he became a senator and held the position for three years before being re-elected again in 1998. His remarkable career in the Senate spanned over a decade, ending in 2010.

The news of Biazon’s death was confirmed by his son, Rino Biazon, in a heartfelt Facebook post. The younger Biazon expressed his gratitude for all the prayers and support their family had received during his father’s illness. “It was truly worth it. Papa fought a long and exhausting battle,” he wrote.

Muntinlupa Mayor Ruffy Biazon, the patriarch’s nephew, also shared that Senator Biazon had been intubated since May 22. The former senator’s condition worsened due to his battle with pneumonia, which made it difficult for him to fight off lung cancer.

Senator Biazon’s contributions to the country’s defense and security were unparalleled. Even after retiring from the military, he continued to serve the nation through his work in Congress.

As a legislator, Biazon authored bills that aimed to improve the lives of Filipinos. He sponsored laws that sought to protect workers’ rights, promote good governance, and safeguard the environment. His efforts earned him recognition and respect from his colleagues, who hailed him as a champion of the people.

Despite his busy schedule as a public servant, Biazon remained devoted to his family. His son Rino’s Facebook post shows his deep love and admiration for his father, who he described as “bringing honor to the Biazon family.”

Senator Biazon’s passing is a great loss to the nation, but his legacy will live on. His dedication to serving the country and his constituents serves as an inspiration to all Filipinos, especially to those in public service. He has left behind a mark that will forever be etched in the pages of Philippine history.

As the country mourns the loss of a great leader, let us honor Senator Biazon’s memory by continuing his work and living up to his example.