By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
Malacañang extended its condolences to the bereaved family of former United States President George H.W. Bush who passed away Saturday (Manila time).
In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Malacañang is “deeply saddened” by the news of the demise of the 41st President of the United States.
“The Palace is deeply saddened by the news of the passing of former President George Herbert Walker Bush of the United States of America,” he said.
“Mr. George Bush Sr. served as the 41st President of the United States and was credited for his foreign policy which saw the end of the Cold War. He stood for freedom and his words about the subject ring a bell until this day when he said, ‘The anchor in our world today is freedom, holding us steady in times of change, a symbol of hope to all the world,'” he added.
“On behalf of the Filipino nation and people, we wish to convey our condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Mr. Bush, as well as to the government and the people of the United States of America,” he continued.
The demise of the 94-year-old former US president was announced by his son George W. Bush, on Friday (US time). He served as the US President between 1989 and 1993 and defined the end of the Cold War and the first Iraq war against Saddam Hussein.
“Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died,” Bush Jr., the 43rd US President, said in a statement.
“The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41’s life and love, for the compassion of those who have cared and prayed for Dad, and for the condolences of our friends and fellow citizens,” he added.
Bush Jr. described his father as a “man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for.”
Despite his failing health, Bush Sr. was still able to make public appearances in recent years. In April this year, he was admitted to the hospital with blood infection a week after the death of his wife Barbara. He had since been discharged.
tax) in the first quarter of next year,” he said in Filipino.
Gatchalian likewise said he wants to hear directly from the economic team its explanation for wanting to impose the additional fuel taxes.
Sen. Koko Pimentel, supporting his colleagues, said the government should go slow in implementing the increase in fuel excise especially that the country’s inflation rate has not yet returned to its original figure.
“Let’s also look at the inflation rate, not only on the prices of fuel,” the Senate trade committee chairman told DWIZ in a separate interview.
Pimentel raised fear that inflation rate may “spiral out of control” should the government continue its plan to impose the additional excise taxes on fuel products. He appealed that the economic managers see first the impact on fuel taxes on inflation, before increasing it.