Press Release
July 8, 2019

Statement of Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros on the passing of former Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Jose Balajadia Jr.

You can rest easy now, sir.

I wish to express my deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of former Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Jose Balajadia Jr., who sadly passed away yesterday.

General Balajadia was the consumate public servant, whose storied career in both the armed forces and civilian government was marked with excellence, honor and passion.

As the longest-serving Senate Sergeant-at-Arms, he has figured in many historic moments of the Senate within the last two decades.

It was an honor to have worked with such a principled and well-respected officer. I will miss his kind, fair and reassuring presence in the Senate halls.

Maraming salamat, sir, at hindi ka po namin makakalimutan.

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