Press Release
December 10, 2013

Senate adopts resolution expressing sympathy to the death of Mandela

The Philippine Senate unanimously adopted today a resolution expressing condolences and sympathies on the death of former South Africa President Nelson Mandela.

Adopted Senate Resolution No. 20 was authored jointly by Senate President Franklin M. Drilon and Senator Loren Legarda.

"The life of the first black President of South Africa and iconic anti-apartheid advocate inspired billions of people all over the world, from state leaders to ordinary individuals, and has sparked collective movements towards genuine socio-political equality across countries regardless of cultural peculiarities," stated in the resolution.

"Mandela's life will eternally be remembered as a testament that one's love for country and its people can bring about unifying change in the world," said the resolution.

"The Senate of the Philippines expresses its condolence and sympathies on the death of Nelson Mandela, with sincere gratitude for his sterling contributions to the promotion of peace and equality in the world," it added.

"On behalf of the Senate of the Philippines, we extend our deepest sympathy and utmost support to his beloved wife, Graça Machel, and to his children. We join the entire world and the people of South Africa in mourning for the loss of this truly extraordinary man," said Drilon.

The Senate chief said Mandela is "a symbol of honor, peace, courage and magnanimity."

"He has lived an amazing life. A life marked by global admiration and peppered with daunting personal challenges, as well as, struggles to balance his advocacies and his obligations to his family and community," added Drilon.

On 5 December 2013, the world was deeply saddened by the passing of Mandela, who was a global symbol of honor, peace, courage and magnanimity.

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