By Hannah Torregoza and Genalyn Kabiling
Former Senator Juan Ponce-Enrile on Monday night said he is grieving over the death of his half-sister, singer-actress Armida Siguion-Reyna.
Family members have confirmed that the former TV show jost, producer and former chair of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) has passed away at the age of 88.
“Malungkot ako at malungkot kaming lahat ng mga kapatid ko sa pagpanaw ni Armida. Ikinalulungkot ko na siya’y nagkasakit at bagamat ginamot ay pumanaw pa rin (Me and my siblings are sad over Armida’s death. I am saddened by the fact she got sick and even though she was able to get well, she still passed away),” Enrile said in an emailed statement.
Enrile disclosed he was always visiting Siguion-Reyna: “ Parati ko siyang binibisita. Sa kabila nito, masaya na rin ako na makakapagpahinga siya (I always visit her. Despite this, I am still happy she is now at rest).”
Enrile further said that he and Siguion-Reyna were very close.
“Naging malapit na malapit kaming magkapatid. Naaalala ko pa noong araw ay sinasamahan ko siya pumunta ng party, at kahit may baha sa Maynila, ipinagmamaneho ko siya, (We were very close. I remember those days when I would accompany her to parties, even though Manila was flooded I would drive for her),” he said.
The former Senate leader said he admired his sister when she decided to enter show business.
“Hinangaan ko ang kanyang desisyon na pumasok sa pelikula. Malaki ang kanyang naging kontribusyon sa larangan ng showbiz at isinulong niya ang wika natin sa kanyang mga kanta. Ipinagmamalaki ko na naging tanyag siya (I admire her decision to enter the movie scene. She greatly contributed in showbiz and promoted our language through her songs. I am proud that she became renowned),” he said.
Enrile said his only appeal to the public is for them not to forget his sister’s contribution in the arts and music.
“Ang hinihingi ko lang sa mga Pilipino – lalo na sa kabataan – ay na ‘wag na ‘wag ninyo siyang kalimutan, (I just ask all Filipinos—especially our youth—never to forget her),” he said