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30/11/2010: Statement of Ambassador Gaa on the Passing of former Congressman Solarz

November 30, 2010, Washington, DC – The Filipino people yesterday lost a dear friend, former Congressman Stephen J. Solarz.  Congressman Solarz helped shape American foreign policy affecting a number of issues all over the world, among them the Philippines, where he played a crucial role in restoring democracy.

Congressman Solarz was a staunch supporter of former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino and former President Corazon Aquino.  Congressman Solarz, in fact, flew to the Philippines to mourn the passing of former President Aquino in August last year.

Congressman Solarz touched the lives of many people throughout the globe.  He will be remembered as an ardent defender of democracy as well as a fearless advocate of human rights.

On behalf of the Filipinos in the U.S., I wish to extend our heartfelt condolences, thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Congressman Solarz. -- END