Joker Arroyo dead: Former senator dies at 88 — report

Former senator Joker Arroyo is reportedly dead. "Highly reliable sources" told PhilStar that the ex-lawmaker died of heart attack. He was 88.

Born on January 5, 1927, Arroyo was a key figure in the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution which ousted President Ferdinand Marcos.

He represented Makati in the lower house of the Philippine Congress for 9 years and a member of the Senate for 12 years. His term as senator ended on June 30, 2013.

Arroyo has chaired the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, the Senate Justice and Human Rights Committee, and the Senate Public Services Committee, during the 13th congress.

Called the "most frugal" member of the Senate, he claimed to have never traveled abroad on government money and his Statement of Assets and Liabilities has remained almost unchanged from the time he entered public service in 1986.

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Arroyo has received various awards and commendations for his significant contributions to the law profession and public service.

He has been married twice. His first wife is Gregg Shoes entrepreneur Odelia Gregorio.

Their eldest daughter is Maoi Gregorio Arroyo, CEO of Hybridigm Consulting, the first biotechnology commercialization firm in the country. His second daughter, Ma. Zef Francisca Arroyo, is an entrepreneur, artist, and pastry chef.

Arroyo's second wife is lawyer Felicitas S. Aquino, a member of the 1986 Constitutional Commission. Their daughter is his namesake and a champion equestrian.

Sources:, Wikipedia