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    Mandela: A beacon of hope - Phl


    THOUGH it’s still rising from the ruins caused by typhoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan), the Philippines on Friday joined the world in mourning the death of South African activist and peacemaker Nelson Mandela.
    Speaking for the Philippine government, Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez called Mandela a “beacon of inspiration and hope.”
    “The Philippines joins the nation of South African and the whole world in mourning the passing of a great man. Nelson Mandela was not only a courageous and compassionate champion of democracy and racial equality for his own country, but also stood as a beacon of inspiration and hope for all those who sought freedom in every corner of the globe, including the Philippines,” Hernandez said in a press conference.
    He added: “The late President Mandela’s extraordinary integrity, his tireless commitment and his grand vision that embraced equality for all even under the most trying of circumstances shall never be forgotten.”
    Mandela, South Africa’s first black President, was revered across the globe for leading the anti-apartheid movement and his display of courage and determination amid nearly three decades of incarceration for engaging in such political activities. He was 95.
    Mandela died of a lingering lung ailment in Johannesberg Thursday.
    Referring to the 1986 popular revolt that toppled late Philippine strongman Ferdinand Marcos, Hernandez further said: “Filipinos who stood in the vanguard of the world’s struggles for freedom with our very own People’s Power stand in solidarity at this sad moment with our brothers and sisters in South Africa and with those who love freedom everywhere.”
    The Philippines hosted Mandela’s visit to the Philippines in 1996.
    In the same year, Mandela met Philippines’ democracy icon and mother of President Benigno S. Aquino III, Corazon Aquino, in Capetown.

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