ernesto f herrera

He was the first Asian and the second individual to receive the George Meany International Human Rights Awards in 1985. (The first individual awardee was Lech Walesa of the Solidarity Movement, former President of Poland.)

MANILA – Former senator Ernesto “Boy” Herrera, a known trade union leader and former member of the Agrava Fact-Finding Board that investigated the murder of Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. has passed away.

Herrera died of a heart attack. He was 73.

He was the second former senator to die this month, following the death of ex-Sen. Joker Arroyo.

Born September 11, 1942 in Samboan, Cebu, Herrera spent most of his professional life in the cause of labor, mainly as general secretary of the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP).

Like Apolinario Mabini, Herrera overcame a physical handicap caused by polio during his childhood, to become one of the country’s outstanding leaders.

According to the Senate website, Herrera graduated with a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Visayas in 1966, and was awarded with a doctorate degree in Humanities, honoris causa. He graduated summa cum laude in 1995 with a master’s degree in Public Administration, major in Public Finance, at the Lyceum of the Philippines.

In 1998, he obtained his Ph.D. in Fiscal Studies (magna cum laude) at the Lyceum of the Philippines.

Herrera rose to national prominence as a member of the Agrava Fact-Finding Board that investigated the Aquino assassination.

He was first elected to the Senate in 1987, a year after the EDSA People Power revolt.

During his first term, he was the chairman of the Committees on Labor, Employment, and Human Resources Development; Tourism; and Illegal Drugs. He was also a member of the Commission on Appointments; the 1990 Congressional Commission on Education that reviewed and assessed the Philippine education system; and the 1992 Congressional Commission on Health.

He was responsible in EDCOM for landmark reforms in vocational education and training that resulted in the establishment of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

In the national elections of 1992, Senator Herrera won his second Senate term, ranking second among the re-electionist senators, and fourth overall. In the 1998 elections, he won by an overwhelming majority over his opponent in the Congressional race.

In the 10th Congress, he chaired the Committees on Finance and Public Services, two of the most powerful committees in the Senate. He was a member of the Executive-Legislative National Water Crisis Commission and continues to serve as chairman of the Commission on Appointments’ Committee on Constitutional Offices.

He was the only Filipino member of the executive board of the International Federation of Free Trade and Union in Brussels, Belgium, from 1988 to 1992; a consultant on worker’s education of the International Labour Organization in Geneva, Switzerland; and headed the Worker’s Delegation to the 75th Session of the International Labour Organization where he delivered a major address on human rights.

He was the first Asian and the second individual to receive the George Meany International Human Rights Awards in 1985. (The first individual awardee was Lech Walesa of the Solidarity Movement, former President of Poland.)

He was likewise conferred the International Award of Honor by the International Narcotics Enforcement Officers Association of New York, U.S.A.

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