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Ex-president Aquino to be buried on June 26 beside parents â Kris
Noynoy Aquino, 15th president of the Philippines, was the son of democracy champions Ninoy, a martyred senator, and Corazon, who was installed president after the decades-long Marcos dictatorship was deposed in 1986. Noynoy Aquino died at age 61 in Quezon City, five years after his term ended. He is seen in this 2014 file photo.
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Ex-president Aquino to be buried on June 26 beside parents — Kris

(Philstar.com) - June 24, 2021 - 8:13pm

Duterte declares 10-day national mourning

MANILA, Philippines (Updated 9:07 p.m.) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday declared a 10-day national mourning for the late Benigno Aquino III, whose remains will be buried beside his parents at the Manila Memorial Park on June 26.

Duterte in Proclamation 1169 said the country will observe the mourning beginning today until July 3.

In this period, the national flag is to be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset in all government buildings and installations across the Philippines and abroad, according to presidential spokesperson Harry Roque.

Aquino passed away in his sleep at 61 this morning from renal disease secondary to diabetes. His remains have since been cremated, and would be laid to rest at the Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque.

There will be a Mass at the Ateneo de Manila University tomorrow, Friday. Aquino's former spokesperson Abigail Valte said a one-day public viewing will be held from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on that day.

"On Saturday, we will bury him beside our parents," the youngest sister said, trying to contain emotions. "It will be that simple. We hope you understand...we did not think it would happen any time soon."

 

The Aquino couple, long hailed as democracy icons in the country, are laid to rest at the said memorial park in Parañaque. 

Ninoy's death in 1983 spurred what would later be known as the EDSA People Power, which saw her wife Cory rising to the presidency in 1986.

Kris appealed for understanding and said the family has opted to keep plans simple so as not to cause a COVID-19 superspreader event. 

Valte in an official bulletin said too: "The Aquino family enjoins everyone who intends to personally pay their last respects to the former president, to follow the health protocols and social distancing measures that will be implemented by the Ateneo de Manila in coordination with the authorities."

President Rodrigo Duterte has since sent his condolences to the family. He said his predecessor's "memory and his family's legacy of offering their lives for the cause of democracy will forever remain etched in our hearts." — with reports from The STAR

BENIGNO AQUINO III MANILA MEMORIAL PARK
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LATEST UPDATE: June 27, 2021 - 2:10pm

Former President Noynoy Aquino was rushed to the Capitol Medical Center in Quezon City, where journalists are currently gathering following reports of his hospitalization. (File photo by Philstar.com/AJ Bolando)

June 27, 2021 - 2:10pm

Friends and supporters should now make the achievements and good work of the late President Noynoy Aquino known, says Vice President Leni Robredo.

Robredo, Aquino's Liberal Party colleague, says that telling truths about Aquino at every chance they get, now that he is gone, is an obligation.

"That what we failed to do, we could have exerted more effort to show that—not that we have to announce all his accomplishments—but to correct falsehoods about him," Robredo says on her weekly radio show on dzXL.

June 26, 2021 - 1:48pm

Former President Benigno Aquino III is laid to rest beside his parents, democracy icons Benigno Aquino Jr. and Cory Aquino, at the Manila Memorial Park.

June 26, 2021 - 1:41pm

The AFP chief presents the flag to the Aquino family.

June 26, 2021 - 1:31pm

The Aquino family blesses the urn containing the ashes of the former president.

June 26, 2021 - 1:24pm

The urn which contains the ashes of former President Aquino arrives in front of the tomb where the late president will be laid to rest next to his parents.

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