DFA, foreign missions open condolence books for Aquino

August 2, 2009 12:14 pm 

MANILA, Aug. 2 — Embassies and consulates-general of the Philippine government are opening books of condolences to allow foreign friends and Filipinos overseas to pay their respect to former President Corazon C. Aquino, who died of a lingering illness early Saturday morning, August 1.

This was announced today by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), which itself will receive condolences from the diplomatic corps in Manila.

DFA Secretary Alberto G. Romulo also announced that during the 10-day official mourning for the former President, the Philippine flag is drawn at half-mast on the grounds of the DFA in nearby Pasay City.

Romulo led DFA officers and employees in mourning the death of Aquino, “a loss so irreparable…a great and esteemed leader…an inspiration to those whose lives she positively touched and influenced in working diligently for our country and people.”

They claim to be “deeply indebted to President Aquino for being instrumental in strengthening the Philippine Foreign Service under her leadership.” (PNA)

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