Loi Ejercito

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The Honourable
Luisa P. Ejercito Estrada[1]
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Pimentel-Ejercito in October 2016
12th First Lady of the Philippines
In office
June 30, 1998 – January 20, 2001
President Joseph Estrada
Preceded by Amelita Ramos
Succeeded by José Miguel T. Arroyo
Second Lady of the Philippines
In office
June 30, 1992 – June 30, 1998
President Fidel V. Ramos
Preceded by Celia Díaz-Laurel
Succeeded by José Miguel T. Arroyo
Senator of the Philippines
In office
June 30, 2001 – June 30, 2007
First Lady of Manila
Assumed office
June 30, 2013
Mayor Joseph Estrada
Preceded by Gemma Lim
Personal details
Born (1931-06-02) June 2, 1931 (age 87)
Iba, Zambales, Philippine Islands
Political party Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (2001-present)
United Nationalist Alliance (2012-present)
Spouse(s) Joseph Estrada
Children Jinggoy

Luisa Pimentel-Ejército (also Loi Ejercito Estrada or simply Loi Estrada; born Luisa Fernandez Pimentel on 2 June 1931 in Iba, Zambales), is the wife of Philippine President Joseph Ejercito 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; [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