Palace call to politicians: don’t politicize Cory's funeral

August 3, 2009 9:36 am 

MANILA, Aug. 3 –- Malacañang on Monday asked Filipino politicians especially the opposition to stop politicizing the funeral of democracy icon former President Corazon Aquino because it will only fuel trouble and protest rallies.

“Let’s respect the Aquino Family in their moment of grief. The wake for former President Aquino is a religious activity. We ask the opposition to refrain from using the funeral for their personal interest,” Cabinet Secretary Silvestre Bello III said during today’s press briefing.

Bello also called on some sectors to avoid exploiting the situation for their own interest. “The occasion should be solemn in expressing condolences to the Aquino family,” he said.

Bello also cited the Marcos family for wholeheartedly expressing their deepest regret to the Aquino family.

Former First Lady Imelda Marcos said she wants a reconciliation with the family of former President Aquino, whose "People Power" revolution ousted her husband from office.

Mrs. Aquino, whose husband Benigno Aquino Jr. was President Ferdinand Marcos' arch-enemy was assassinated after returning home from exile in 1983. Mrs. Aquino passed away over the weekend the following a more than year-long battle with cancer. She was 76.

"I can feel the pain, the loss of a loved one, so I am in prayer. If these two families (Aquinos and Marcoses) reconciled, there will be a miracle for the Philippines," Marcos said over ABS-CBN News.

The Aquino family earlier said members of the Marcos family could attend the wake for the former president but should not expect a warm welcome.

Marcos' comments came after the youngest of Aquino's children, Kristine Bernadette “Kris” Aquino, thanked Mrs. Marcos for offering Sunday prayers for her mother. (PNA)/V3/JCA/

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