Loi Estrada

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Loi Estrada
12th First Spouse of the Philippines
In office
June 30, 1998 – January 20, 2001
Preceded by Amelita Ramos
Succeeded by José Miguel T. Arroyo
Senator of the Philippines
In office
June 30, 2001 – June 30, 2007
Personal details
Born (1930-06-02) June 2, 1930 (age 85)
Iba, Zambales, Philippines
Political party Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (2001-present)
United Nationalist Alliance (2012-present)
Spouse(s) Joseph Estrada
Children Jinggoy
Religion Roman Catholic

Luisa Pimentel-Ejército (also Loi Estrada; born Luisa Fernández Pimentel on 2 June 1930 in Iba, Zambales), is a former Filipino politician. She is the wife of former Philippine President Joseph Estrada, and was the twelfth First Spouse of the Philippines from 1998 to 2001. Her son, Jinggoy Ejército-Estrada is a senator in the 15th Congress of the Philippines.

Early life and career[edit]

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 role[edit]

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; R.A. No. 9167, The Film Development Council of the Philippines, R.A. No. 9165, The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act; and R.A No. 9275, 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