Senate President Franklin Drilon will represent the Philippines at the state funeral of Singapore’s first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, who died on Monday at the age of 91.
President Benigno Aquino 3rd “has asked me to represent him and the Filipino people as we join the nation of Singapore in this time of grieving for the loss of a great Asian leader,” Drilon said.
Accompanying him to the state funeral are Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario and Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima.
The state funeral will be held on March 29 at the Singapore University Cultural Center.
“Lee Kuan Yew showed us that resolute political will can positively transform nations and societies and uplift them from the shackles of poverty,” Drilon said.
Lee led the transformation of Singapore into an economically stable nation.
He was Singapore’s prime minister for 31 years, making him the longest serving premier, from 1959 to 1990.
Lee Hsien Loong, the curent prime minister of Singapore, is the eldest son of Lee Kuan Yew.
He has been in office since 2004.