FVR wake open to public

The wake of former President V. Ramos was opened to the public on Sunday, drawing a sizeable crowd at the Heritage Park in Taguig City.

The two-day public viewing of Ramos cremated remains ends on Monday at 4 p.m.

The Ramos family encouraged the public to come early to accommodate more visitors considering the time allotted. On Monday, the door will be open at 7 a.m.

To ensure the ease and flow of visitors, stanchion posts will be prepositioned inside the chapel with ushers and usherettes assisting and guiding the visitors.

Visitors are required to wear their masks at all times and observe social distancing.

Ex-officials attend FVR’s wake

Cory Alma de Leon, who served as the secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development during Ramos’ administration was among those who paid their last respect to the former chief executive.

Also seen was former senator and Philippine Red Cross chairperson Richard Gordon who accompanied a busload of Red Cross workers.

Ramos named Gordon as chairman and administrator of Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority for a six-year term.

Historian Xiao Chua, who considered Ramos as a hero of democracy for helping stage the EDSA People Power Revolution in 1986, was also among those who dropped by.

State funeral for FVR

On Tuesday, a state funeral with full military honors will be held for Ramos. It will begin with a private Mass at the Heritage Park in Taguig City.

It will be followed by the departure to the Libingan ng mga Bayani with full military honors.

From the chapel, the casket will be brought to the lobby by pallbearers to be followed by military honors.

According to the guidelines from the Palace, there will be a procession for the former chief executive to Libingan ng mga Bayani which is only 650 meters from the Heritage Park.

Upon the arrival at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, his casket will be carried to the ceremonial area where full military honors will be conducted.

The casket will be loaded to a caisson, pallbearers and grandchildren will proceed directly behind the caisson and walk toward the grave site.

It will be followed by a 21-gun salute, the turnover of the flag to the family, lowering of the urn and flower offering.

Senate honors FVR

On Saturday, the Senate of the Philippines led by Senate President Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri presented the copy of the Senate Resolution 5 to Ramos’ daughter, Cristina Ramos-Jalasco, and other members of the Ramos family.

The resolution expresses the profound sympathy and sincere condolences of the Senate of the Philippines on the death of President Ramos, the 12th President of the Republic of the Philippines from 1992 to 1998.

Joining Zubiri in paying their last respects to Ramos were Senate President Pro Tempore Loren Legarda, Senators Pia Cayetano, Ronald de la Rosa, Jinggoy Estrada, Win Gatchalian, Robinhood Padilla, Grace Poe and RaffyTulfo.

Senate secretary Renato Bantug Jr. was tasked to read the resolution at the ceremony.

Former President and Senator Joseph Ejercito Estrada were also present to pay tribute to Ramos.

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