PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is set to visit his parents’ resting place in Davao City today, All Saint’s Day, Malacañang has said.
This was confirmed by Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go in a text message to reporters yesterday.
Salvacion Tolosa-Capitan, officer-in-charge of the Roman Catholic Cemetery in Davao City, said Duterte religiously visits his deceased parents, Vicente and Soledad, on All Saints’ Day.
Capitan said Duterte also pays a visit to the cemetery during his parents’ birthdays, death anniversaries, and before and after voting in elections.
The Presidential Security Group (PSG) had already conducted the necessary inspection inside the cemetery two days before Duterte’s visit, it was learned.
The mayor, who is known to be close to his mother, had previously asked for her help in leading the country and was seen weeping at his parents’ tombs last May after the initial poll results showed him leading the presidential race.
Flowers for Aquinos
Duterte sent flowers to democracy icons late President Corazon Aquino and Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. at the Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque City.
It was not certain though when Duterte sent the flowers to the tombs of the parents of his predecessor, former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.
Aquino III later in the afternoon visited the tombs of his parents Cory and Ninoy, ahead of All Souls’ Day.
Aquino avoided crowds expected to flock to the Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque to pay his respects to former “Cory” and “Ninoy”.
Cory, who served as president from 1986 to 1992, died of colorectal cancer in 2009.
Ninoy, on the other hand, was assassinated in Manila after returning from a self-imposed exile in 1983.
Aside from his parents, Noynoy also visited the tomb of his maternal grandparents, Demetria and Jose Cojuangco
Also yesterday, Malacañang Palace sent wreaths for the tombs of former Presidents Elpidio Quirino, Diosdado Macapagal and Carlos Garcia at the Libingan ng mga Bayani ahead of All Saints’ Day.
Reports said that wreaths with white and orange flowers were seen at the tombs of the three former Presidents.