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May 08 19, 8:39 pm

Activist, ex-CSC chair Karina David dies at 73

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May. 08, 19 | 8:39 pm

MANILA: Former Civil Service Commission (CSC) chairperson Karina David, also popular as the guitarist with the activist duo, Inang Laya, died Tuesday night, May 7, her family members confirmed. She was 73.

A Rappler report, citing David’s brother, Renato Constantino, Jr, said she died at the Philippine Heart Center.

Among Inang Laya songs that stoked the fire of popular resentment were “Walang Lagay,” which centered on the rampant culture of bribery and extortion in government; “Titser,” which was about the miserable plight of public school teachers who end up selling tocino and longganisa to augment their meager income; and “Babae Ka,” the anthem of Philippine feminism.

David is survived by husband, University of the Philippines professor emeritus and Inquirer columnist Randy David; their children, journalist Kara David, UP Diliman Professor, Dr. Carlos Primo David, Nadya Melina David and Jika David; and their grandchildren, Julia, Jacinta, Xavier, Alonso, and Lila.

David was a former professor and head of the Department of Community Development of the University of the Philippines. She served the government for over three decades in various capacities: as DSWD undersecretary from 1986 till 1988; as Chair of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) from 1998 to 2000; as Chairperson of the Civil Service Commission from 2001 to 2008; and, as a member of the Board of Trustees of GSIS from 2010 till 2016.

Aside from being an upright public servant, David was also active as a community organizer among the urban poor through her non-government organization Hasik. She was also a pioneering feminist. She was one of the convenors of Every Woman, a movement for gender equality and respect for women. She was also one of the founders of the Child Protection Network that aimed to help children who are victims of violence and abuse.

A statement from the family said David’s wake will begin on May 10, 4 pm, at Dela Strada Church in Katipunan, Quezon City.

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