KARINA CONSTANTINO-DAVID (left) with Inang Laya partner Becky Demetillo-Abraham. — BW FILE PHOTO
FORMER Civil Service Commission chair Karina Constantino-David passed away on Tuesday evening, CSC Commissioner Aileen A. Lizada confirmed on Wednesday. Mrs. David was 73.
She is survived by her husband, journalist and sociologist Randolf S. David, and their family, including children Carlos Primo, Kara, Nadya, and Brice.
“Much of her life was spent on serving the Filipino people in her work as professor, activist, community organizer, and public servant,” the family said in a statement.
“She was a patriot in the true sense of the word.”
Mrs. David was a leading figure in the struggle against the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos like her father, historian Renato Constantino. She also carried on her activism in the music scene, as half of the folk duo Inang Laya, together with singer Becky Demetillo-Abraham.
Senator Francis N. Pangilinan,in a statement, remembered Mrs. David for her contribution in rebuilding democracy after the ouster of Mr. Marcos.
“Even as a student in UP, I already looked up to her as a brave, brilliant, and creative singer of the group Inang Laya. She fought to depose Marcos the dictator. She fought to rebuild democracy and good governance after this,” the senator’s statement read in part. — Charmaine A. Tadalan