President-elect Noynoy visits parents' tombs at Manila Memorial Park

June 13, 2010 11:17 pm 

MANILA, June 13 — President-elect Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Aquino 3rd and his sisters visited the tombs of their parents — former President Corazon C. Aquino and former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. — at the Manila Memorial Park in Paranaque City on Sunday.

His youngest sister, Kris Aquino-Yap, led in praying the Holy Rosary, together with other sisters Ballsy, Pinky and Viel.

The incoming President and his sisters were surprised when they saw flowers from the office of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo at the Aquino mausoleum. They learned that the flowers were delivered on Saturday on the occasion of the celebration of the 112th Philippine Independence Day.

Aquino told reporters that he is seeking the guidance of his parents before facing the challenges of being the 15th President. He is taking his oath of office on June 30 before Supreme Court Associate Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales.

He also confirmed that Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director-General Jesus Verzosa will stay until his retirement while he has not chosen who will replace Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Delfin Bangit.

Aquino declined to confirm if he will designate outgoing Naga City Mayor Jesse Robredo, who is a Ramon Magsaysay awardee, as secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). Incoming Vice President Jejomar Binay wants the DILG post.

He also said that he would announce next week the complete members of his Cabinet.

Aquino assures that his running mate in the May 10 elections, Senator Manuel "Mar" A. Roxas II, who lost to Binay in the vice presidential race, will get a Cabinet post but have to wait for a year.

Meanwhile, Aquino’s spokesman-designate, Atty. Edwin Lacierda said he did not know if the planned joint Cabinet meeting of the outgoing and incoming Cabinet members will push through.

“I don’t know kung matutuloy yung joint Cabinet meeting. Si (Executive) Secretary (Leandro) Mendoza lang ang nagsabi noon. Our Cabinet has not been announced yet,” Lacierda added. (PNA)



One Response to “President-elect Noynoy visits parents' tombs at Manila Memorial Park”

  1. Elliot Waldron on June 16th, 2010 4:03 am

    If only I had a buck for each time I came here… Superb post.