Palace appeals for unity amidst Cory’s death

August 5, 2009 9:20 am 

MANILA, Aug. 5 — As a grateful nation laid a well-loved former President Corazon Aquino to rest today, Malacanang extended its hand of reconciliation to all Filipinos regardless of what side of the political fence they’re in, in deference to the ideals of the late former leader.

In a press briefing after a special Malacanang mass, Press Secretary Cerge M. Remonde said the death of Aquino, who was instrumental in bringing democracy back to the country, should be a signal for all Filipinos to unite and set aside political agenda.

Unity, he said, could ease the political tension, especially considering that the 2010 elections is just around the corner.

Less political tension, according to him, would allow President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to finish her programs in energy, education and environment before her term ends next year.

Remonde described the visit of President Arroyo to the wake of Mrs. Aquino as “a triumph of goodwill against ill-will.”

Remonde pointed out that President Arroyo’s visit to Aquino’s wake only shows that Filipinos in times of grief would set aside political and personal differences to pay their last respects to their departed loved ones, especially for a national treasure like the former president.

He welcomed the initiatives of some sectors to make Mrs. Aquino a People Power Saint or a national hero.

“It will be the pride of the entire Filipino nation regardless of political affiliations to have such honor be given to the former president. But this is of course beyond the scope of Malacanang,” he said.

President Arroyo has declared August 1-10 as a period of national mourning. It also declared today, August 5, as special non-working holiday to give Filipinos enough time to pay their last respects to Aquino.

The former President died last Saturday morning after a year of battle against colon cancer. (PNA)

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