Hundreds of mourners with black and white ribbons and masks attended the funeral mass and burial ceremony.
Former Philippine President Benigno Aquino has been laid to rest in a Manila cemetery alongside his parents, two of the country’s Southeast Asian democracy icons.
Hundreds of black and white villains, some also wearing yellow ribbons – the color associated with the Aquino family and the 1986 revolution that overthrew a dictator – and masks, attended a funeral mass and burial ceremony on Saturday.
Aquino, president from 2010 to 2016, He died at 61 years old Thursday at a Manila hospital after kidney failure. His remains were cremated Thursday.
“To the man we were lucky enough to have our brother, we will be proud of you forever, thank you, wish you and love you,” said Maria Elena Aquino-Cruz, Aquino’s older sister, at Mass. funeral on Saturday. “To all of you, Noy bosses, thank you.”
Filipinos lined up along the roads to respect him during the one-hour convoy of dozens of vehicles from his alma mater, Ateneo de Manila University, to the cemetery south of the capital.
The military made a 21-gun salute and a helicopter rained yellow flowers. At the Aquino residence, in the heart of the capital, supporters left chrysanthemums, a yellow bell and sunflower for the late leader.
Among those who respected Aquino were Vice President and political ally Leni Robredo, and close friends. Most supporters were blocked at the entrance to the cemetery to prevent the mass concentration and spread of COVID-19.
Popularly known as Noynoy, Aquino garnered a wave of public support for the presidency after the death of his mother in 2009, the revered leader of the “People’s Power” Corazon Aquino who was president from 1986 to 1992.
His namesake father, a staunch critic of dictator Ferdinand Marcos, was assassinated when he returned from political exile in 1983, planting the seeds for the 1986 popular power revolution that ousted the strongman from office.
As president, Aquino, the young man, led the Philippines to launch its perennial image of “sick man of Asia” through better governance and strong economic growth.
He challenged Beijing’s general claims over the South China Sea before the Hague Arbitration Court in 2013.
President Rodrigo Duterte did not attend the funeral. He declared a ten-day mourning period, with national flags on government buildings flying at half-mast.
Aquino, who led a private life after leaving office, has four surviving sisters.