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In Memory of Sonny Alvarez  




Former senator Heherson Alvarez or Sonny as he was fondly called, passed away on Monday due to Covid-19, PDP-Laban executive director Ron Munsayac said. He was 80.

“PDP-Laban is mourning the loss of its party stalwart former congressman, secretary, and senator Sonny Alvarez,” Munsayac said in a Twitter post. “I will miss our impromptu meetings over coffee and lengthy phone calls where we would discuss our plans of strengthening the party and ingenious ideas to help.”

As a member of the Senate for 11 years, Alvarez advocated for human rights and focused on environmental legislation. After serving for two terms, he became a congressman for Isabela province. He also headed the Department of Agrarian Reform and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources simultaneously, before retiring from public service.

He is survived by his wife Cecile, Philippine Educational Theater Association founder, and children Hexilon and Xilca.

Even though Alvarez has left us physically, he lives on in his works and through his achievements for the Philippines.


Source: Manila Bulletin (

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