News : Former senator Juan Flavier dies uan Martin Flavier (23 June 1935 – 30 October 2014) was a former politician from the Philippines. He was a former Secretary of the Department of Health and a senator. He was born in Tondo, Manila eventually moving to Baguio City where he finished his secondary studies at the Baguio City National High School. He is trained as a Medical Doctor and received his degree in Medicine from the prestigious University of the Philippines College of Medicine, UP Manila in 1960 and Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University in 1969. Former senator and Health Secretary Dr. Juan Flavier passed away at around 4 p.m. Thursday. He was 79 years old. Joy Flavier-Alampay, one of his daughters, confirmed to GMA News that her father succumbed to multiple organ failure and sepsis brought about by pneumonia. A separate report from dzBB’s Nimfa Ravelo quoted Roby Alampay, Flavier’s son-in-law, as saying that the former senator had been confined at the National Kidney Transplant Institute since September 11 and was kept in the hospital’s intensive care unit.