Former Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr.
MANILA, Philippines Former Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. has died at the age of 73, his wife confirmed Friday.
My husband, my partner, my best friend left us today at 7:26 a.m., Cecile Yasay said in a Facebook post.
Yasay died of pneumonia due to the recurrence of his cancer, not novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), his wife said.
Jun Yasay, you are loved. We will miss you lots, she added.
Current Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. also confirmed the news on his Twitter account.
Jun Yasay has donned the garment of immortality, the text said. More important it makes him finally impervious to pain, Locsin said.
The DFA chief also revealed that Yasay played a role in him getting a job in the United Nations.
He recommended me for my UN job. He hurt no one and helped everyone he could. He did what many fighting tyranny had to: shield themselves with US law, he added.
Yasay served was President Rodrigo Dutertes first foreign affairs chief when he came to power in 2016. He served until March 2017 after the Commission on Appointments refused to confirm his designation due to citizenship issues.
He also served as Securities and Exchange Commission chairman.
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