LOOK: Duterte pays last respects to Gokongwei, Tan
By Prince Golez
President Rodrigo Duterte visited on Monday evening the wake of Filipino billionaire businessman John Gokongwei Jr. and Philippine Airlines (PAL) Holdings president Lucio “Bong” Tan Jr. at the Heritage Memorial Park in Taguig City.
In photos shared to the media, Duterte is seen talking to the bereaved families of Gokongwei and Tan.
Malacañang earlier described Gokongwei as a “visionary” and “pillar of the Philippine economy.”
The Filipino people should emulate the qualities exhibited by the late business tycoon, said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.
“Gokongwei was an exceptional and ideal Filipino. He exemplifies the traits that should endow us: industrious, disciplined, indefatigable, creative, generous, always hungry for knowledge, grateful and never forgetting his origins, and most of all, a loving person to his family and his country,” he added.
Panelo, on one hand, remembered Tan as “a good friend, a kind-hearted brother to his siblings, a loving and dutiful son to his parent, and an efficient and competent corporate man.”