Loi Ejercito

Luisa Pimentel-Ejercito (born June 2, 1930) is a Filipino politician and psychiatrist who served as a Senator of the Philippines from 2001 to 2007. She is the wife of former Philippine President Joseph Ejercito Estrada, and was the twelfth First Spouse of the Philippines from 1998 to 2001. Her son, Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada, was a senator in the 15th Congress of the Philippines.

Luisa P. Ejercito Estrada[1]

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Pimentel-Ejercito in October 2016
13th First Lady of the Philippines
In office
June 30, 1998 – January 20, 2001
PresidentJoseph Estrada
Preceded byAmelita Ramos
Succeeded byJosé Miguel T. Arroyo
Second Lady of the Philippines
In office
June 30, 1992 – June 30, 1998
PresidentFidel V. Ramos
Preceded byCelia Díaz-Laurel
Succeeded byJosé Miguel T. Arroyo
Senator of the Philippines
In office
June 30, 2001 – June 30, 2007
First Lady of Manila
In office
June 30, 2013 – June 30, 2019
MayorJoseph Estrada
Preceded byGemma Lim
Succeeded byDiana Lynn Ditan
Personal details
Luisa Fernandez Pimentel

(1930-06-02) June 2, 1930 (age 90)
Iba, Zambales, Philippine Islands
Political partyPwersa ng Masang Pilipino (2001-present)
United Nationalist Alliance (2012-present)
(m. 1959)

Early life and careerEdit

She was born to Rufino Pimentel and Manuela Fernandez. She studied medicine at the University of Santo Tomas, after which she worked as a professor in the university's Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, and as a physician at the UST Hospital and the National Center for Mental Health.

Public roleEdit

Estrada in 1999

A psychiatrist by profession, Loi was dubbed First Lady ng Masa (First Lady of the Masses)[citation needed] and Doktora ng Masa (Doctor of the masses) because of her medical and outreach missions during her term.[citation needed]

After her husband was deposed in the EDSA Revolution of 2001, she ran as a candidate of the opposition for a seat in Senate. She won, and served in the 12th and the 13th Congress, making her the first First Lady to win a seat in the Senate.

During her tenure (2001–2007), she authored 121 bills and 13 resolutions, some of which have already been enacted into law: R.A. No. 9241, The National Health Insurance Program; R.A. No. 9211, The No Smoking Act; [1], The Film Development Council of the Philippines, R.A. No. 9165, The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act; and [2], The Clean Water Act.

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
Amelita Ramos
First Lady of the Philippines
Succeeded by
Jose Miguel Arroyo
Preceded by
Celia Laurel
Second Lady of the Philippines