Cory’s death should signal reconciliation of Filipinos

August 4, 2009 9:27 am 

MANILA, Aug. 4 — Malacanang said today the death of former President Corazon Aquino, who was responsible for bringing democracy back to the country, should signal reconciliation of all Filipinos.

Cabinet Secretary Silvestre Bello said in a press briefing that President Aquino’s death should put closure to divisiveness among Filipinos following the visit of Congressman Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos and sister Imee Marcos to the wake of the late leader at the Manila Cathedral today.

Aquino led the nation in a peaceful People Power revolution in 1986 that toppled the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos.

Bello dismissed insinuations that President Arroyo’s plan to visit the wake of the late leader may make some people uncomfortable, saying Filipinos are not that ill-mannered.

“I believe in Filipinos as civilized human beings. They would not resort to extreme expression especially if you are talking about the funeral of a national treasure. I don’t think anyone would dare spoil the occasion,” Bello added.

President Arroyo is set to arrive in Manila on Wednesday morning to pay the last respects to the former leader. (PNA)

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