MANILA, Philippines – LABIS na ikinalungkot ni Pangulong Ferdinand Marcos Jr. ang pagpanaw ni Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) Secretary Susan “Toots” Ople nitong Martes, Agosto 22.
“It’s a very, very sad news. I have lost a friend. The Philippines has lost a friend,” ayon kay Pangulong Marcos sa isang panayam.
“Ang galing-galing ni Secretary Toots. She was very much following the tradition of Ka-Blas Ople, of excellence, of compassion,. It is a great lost to the Philippines for the service that we know she could still have rendered,” ayon s Chief Executive.
Sa kabilang dako, nagpahayag naman ang Pangulo sa X (Twitter) account na na tinuturing niyang “much valued friend” si Ople.
“The Philippines now also mourns a great champion for the labour movement in the Philippines. She dedicated her life, in every waking moment, to the welfare of labourers in general and migrant workers in particular. She was tireless in her pursuit to always support and find protection for our workers,” ang wika ng Punong Ehekutibo.
“There cannot be a better example of the perfect mix of compassion and hard-nosed pragmatism than in Toots. She got many things done in her years of public service, and all for others, never for herself.” aniya pa rin.
Nauna rito, kinumpirma naman ni DMW spokesperson Toby Nebrida na pumanaw si Ople kanina dakong 1 ng hapon.
“It is with great sadness that the Department of Migrant Workers announces the passing of our dearest Secretary Susan “Toots” Ople.
Secretary Toots peacefully joined our Creator at around 1PM today, August 22, 2023 surrounded by her family and loved ones,” ayon kay Nebrida.
Nakatakda namang magpalabas ng mas marami pang detalye si Nebrida sa mga lalong madaling panahon.
Sa ngayon, ang hiling ng DMW ay ang “prayers for the eternal repose of the soul of our dear Sec. Toots. We ask as well for prayers for the Ople family.” Kris Jose