Former US envoy Stephen Bosworth, 76

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Malacañang on Wednesday condoled with the family of former US Ambassador to the Philippines Stephen Bosworth, who passed away on January 3 in his home at Boston, Massachusetts.

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He was 76.

Bosworth served as Washington envoy to Manila from 1984 to 1987.

In a statement, Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda lauded Bosworth as a “true friend of the Philippines.”

Lacierda said in being a witness to the country’s transition from dictatorship to democracy, the former US ambassador “proved to be an honorable representative not just of his country’s interests but of the spirit of the times: one that embraced the toppling of tyrants throughout the world and the ‘restoration of democracy by the ways of democracy.’”

“In his dealings with the democratic opposition to the dictatorship, he proved to be an understanding and sympathetic envoy,” he added, referring to the Marcos regime.

“His passing marks the loss of one more important figure in the history of people power, as we prepare to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution. We extend our deepest condolences to his family during this time of grief,” Lacierda said.

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  1. Edwin Lacierda lauded Bosworth as a “true friend of the Philippines. Sad to say that Lacierda has selected memory. The US has supported many countries under dictatorship regime. And the Philippines is just one of many. These dictators have brought hardships to their countrymen. The role of the ambassador is to play a win-win situation to protect their own interest. That role cannot be considered a true friend.