MANILA, Philippines – Batanes Representative Henedina “Dina” Abad, the wife of former budget secretary Florencio Abad, died on Sunday, October 8.
Vice President Leni Robredo, chairperson of the Liberal Party (LP), confirmed Abad’s death in a Facebook post.
“You will be terribly missed, Congresswoman Dina Abad. The nation lost another treasure,” Robredo said.
The Abad family has yet to issue a statement on the lawmaker’s passing.
An LP member, Abad headed the House committee on government reorganization in the 17th Congress until she was stripped of the post for not voting in favor of the controversial death penalty bill.
She was also among the lawmakers who pushed for the passage of the reproductive health law.
On Twitter, several lawmakers paid tribute to Abad.
Our deepest condolences to the family of Rep Dina Abad. She fought every battle like it was her last – with ferocity and integrity. #padayon— Miro Quimbo (@miroquimbo) October 8, 2017
RiP Cong Dina Abad. A respected former colleague in the House. Our prayers go out to Sec Butch, Sec Julia and their family— Sonny Angara (@sonnyangara) October 8, 2017
I just learned that a wonderful colleague and progressive law maker passed away. Ill miss my Nanay in Congress. RiP Dina Abad.— Teddy B. Baguilat (@TeddyBaguilatJr) October 8, 2017
RIP Cong/Ninang Dina Abad Indeed to live is Christ & to die is gain. Prayers for Sec/Ninong Butch, Sec Julia & the entire family. God bless— Joel Villanueva (@senatorjoelv) October 8, 2017
Aside from her stint in the House, Abad was also a longtime professor at the Ateneo de Manila University. She served as the founding dean of the Ateneo School of Government (ASoG).
Current ASoG dean Ronald Mendoza said in a Facebook post, “We will continue the fight for good governance, Congresswoman/Dean Henedina ‘Dina’ Abad.”
Abad graduated with an Economics degree from Miriam College (formerly Maryknoll College). She then obtained her Masters in Public Administration at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. – Rappler.com