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Aquino a role model for RP leaders — bishop

Posted on: August 4, 2009

Aquino a role model for RP leaders — bishop

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 21:34:00 08/03/2009

Filed Under: Cory Aquino, Religion & Belief

MANILA, Philippines — Former President Corazon Aquino was hailed as a “role model” for the country’s leaders during a mass on the first night of her wake at the Manila Cathedral on Monday.

“Cory is known as icon of democravy but also for her simplicity and being prayerful. She is role model for all of you in public office,” Cubao Bishop Honesto Ontioco said in his homily.

“God uses people to carry out his plan and Tita Cory was used to bring about a peaceful revolution,” Ontioco added.

Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales led the mass even as Ontioco gave the homily.

Some 20,000 have paid their respects to the late democracy icon since 4 p.m., with 1,000 policemen guarding the premises, said Chief Superintendent Romulo Magtibay, Manila Police District director.

Public viewing was closed from 8 p.m. To 10 p.m. for the mass. It will resume after the service until 4 a.m. Tuesday, said Senior Superintendent Romulo Sapitula, the police station commander in the area.

Aquino died due to complications from colon cancer last Saturday. She will be buried at the Manila Memorial Park on Wednesday.

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