Susan Ople was a Filipina politician and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) rights advocate who served as the first Secretary of the Department of Migrant Workers. In this write-up, we will explore details of Susan Ople’s husband.
Who was Susan Ople?
Born as Maria Susana Vasquez Ople, she took birth on February 9, 1962, as the youngest of the seven children of Blas F. Opleand Susana Vasquez.
Susan Ople was the founder and president of the Blas Ople Policy Center (BOPC) which assists distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in various parts of the world. To promote her advocacy, Ople co-anchored the popular daily radio show “Bantay OFW” at DZXL’s Tatak RMN network.
She also had a Saturday radio program on DWIZ 882 AM called “Global Pinoy”. In 2010, Susan Ople ran for Senator in the 2010 Philippine elections but lost, in that election, she was ranked 34th out of 61 candidates.
Susan Ople ran again for Senator under the Nacionalista Party in the 2016 Philippine Elections. She advocated to pass laws that would help advance the welfare of OFWs while at the same time highlighting key issues that affect them today.
She was endorsed by four of five presidential candidates, namely Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Jejomar Binay, Grace Poe (of which Ople was part of a senatorial slate), and Rodrigo Duterte. She lost, placing 22nd out of 50 candidates.
In 2022, President Bongbong Marcos appointed Ople as secretary of the newly-created Department of Migrant Workers.
On November 29, 2022, her appointment was confirmed by the Congressional Commission on Appointments, making her the first secretary of the newly-created executive department.
Susan Ople has been a supportive advocate throughout her life, she supported the passage of the SOGIE Equality Bill which penalizes discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and wrote articles in favour of the LGBT community.
Ople supported the abolition of political dynasties as enshrined in the Philippine Constitution. One of Susan Ople’s main lines of advocacy was on the rights of Overseas Filipino Workers, especially those being maltreated.
She publicly opposed the death sentence given by Indonesia to Mary Jane Veloso, who was tricked to carry drugs into the country and advocated for the release of numerous OFWs imprisoned in the Middle East.
In the labour sector, she supported the abolition of contractualization and called for better employment opportunities, especially among the youth sector.
A Look Into Susan Ople’s Death
Susan Ople died on August 22, 2023. It all started when Susan was diagnosed with breast cancer, which caused her to delay considering her appointment to Marcos’ cabinet.
Following Marcos’ second State of the Nation Address in July 2023, she took medical leave. On August 22, 2023, she died from complications of the disease at the age of 61.
Who was Susan Ople’s Husband?
Susan Ople’s Husband is undoubtedly one of the many out there who will feel the sad impact of losing his partner. However, it has been discovered that Susan Ope has not left behind a husband. She lived a very secretive lifestyle when it came to issues surrounding her relationship and personal life.