The head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has expressed deep sorrow over the death of former President Benigno Aquino III.
CBCP president Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles said the bishops in the Philippines will remember him for his “deep dedication to democracy, good governance and the dignity of the human person.”
He said they are grateful for the mutual respect that existed between his administration and the Catholic Church in the Philippines,” rooted in our unwavering faith in the Triune God, and our shared commitment to build a just, humane society, especially for those who are in need.”
“We remember too, with gratitude, the role and participation he and his administration played in ensuring the success of the Canonization of Blessed Pedro Calungsod in 2012, the Apostolic Visit of Pope Francis in 2015, and the 51 st International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu City in 2016,” said Valles in a statement.
“We commend his soul to our Heavenly Father, confident in His mercy and love,” he added.
“We offer our condolences and prayers to the Aquino family, the friends and colleagues of the former president, and the entire Filipino nation as we mourn the passing of President Aquino,” said Valles.
Aquino died Thursday in a hospital in Quezon City.