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Marcos pays last respects to Fidel V. Ramos


President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Thursday visited the wake of the late President Fidel V. Ramos at the Heritage Park in Taguig City.

Marcos arrived at the wake past 10:20 a.m., according to Jhomer Apresto's report on Super Radyo dzBB.

Interviewed by reporters, Marcos said he came to offer his condolences to the family of Ramos as he noted their kinship. Ramos is Marcos' distant uncle.

Marcos also recalled how Ramos became a "symbol of stability" for the country.

"I just reminded Mrs. Ramos on how FVR, when he became president, was a symbol of stability after all the tumultuous events of 1986. When he came into the presidency, he brought calm and he brought stability to our country," Marcos said.

"And for that, we will always be grateful to him and for all his service all throughout his life as a soldier and as a public servant," he added.

Ramos, who died at the age of 94, will be accorded a state funeral on August 9, according to Malacañang. His death was announced by his family on Sunday, July 31.

Marcos has declared a period of national mourning and offered his condolences to Ramos' family. He also called on Filipinos to pray for the former leader's eternal repose.

Ramos was president from 1992 to 1998.

Among those who also visited Ramos' wake on Thursday morning were Executive Secretary Atty. Victor Rodriguez, Energy Secretary Rafael Lotilla, Labor Secretary Bienvenido Laguesma, Speaker Martin Romualdez, Special Assistant to the President Antonio Lagdameo Jr., Senator Francis Tolentino, Senator Ramon Revilla Jr. and wife Cavite Rep. Lani Mercado, former Senate President Vicente Sotto III, and former Vice President Leni Robredo, according to Apresto's report. —Anna Felicia Bajo/KBK, GMA News

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