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Elpidio Quirino reinterred at Libingan ng mga Bayani after 60 years


The remains of Elpidio Quirino, the sixth president of the Philippines, will be reinterred at a special site at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on Monday.

The reinterment will happen 60 years after he died of a heart attack at his residence in Novaliches on February 29, 1956.

Quirino's new tomb was designed by Architect William Coscolluela.

It features three monochromatic spokes, which represent “unification” and Quirino’s three cardinal values of “tolerance, goodwill, and love”.

The reinterment will be led by President Benigno Aquino III together with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)  Chief of Staff General Hernando Iribiberri, Senate President Franklin Drilon, and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.

Quirino was president from April 17, 1948 to December 30, 1953, when the country was rebuilding itself from the destruction of World War II.

During his administration, Quirino set up rural banks with low interest rates for farmers, initiated land distribution and settlement programs in Mindanao, and created the Social Security Study Commission, a precursor of the Social Security System. -Trisha Macas/NB, GMA News