MANILA, Philippines — The public is given chance to pay final respects to the Former President Benigno Aquino III as the Ateneo de Manila University hosts a one-day public viewing at the Church of Gesu from 10:00AM to 10:00 PM Friday, June 25.
Former President Aquino’s official page released an official bulletin on the public viewing late Thursday evening.
Citizens started to to line up outside the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City ahead of the public viewing of his remains.
Some of those in line brought “Salamat PNoy” tarpaulin posters and tied these on the fence. The line started past 7AM, well ahead of the scheduled 10AM opening of the public viewing of PNoy’s urn.
Aquino studied at the Jesuit-run university from elementary to college, finishing a Bachelor of Arts major in economics degree in 1981.
Calling him a “true-blue Atenean”, university president Roberto Yap SJ recalled how Aquino called on his fellow alumni to affect change in society during a 2016 graduation speech.
“Despite the ups and downs of his term, he will be remembered as a President who showed our nation and the world how leadership with competence, conscience, compassion, and commitment can bring about a marked difference in the lives of millions of people,” Yap said in a statement.