Malacanang on Friday joined the world in extending condolences to the family and friends of Nelson Mandela and the South African people.
“We grieve over the death of a Nelson Mandela, a revered world leader, who led his nation and people to freedom by treading the path of peace,” Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a statement.
Coloma cited Mandela’s “unwavering fortitude and perseverance, affirming that taking the peaceful, non-violent path to freedom is one that brings about sustained and enduring fulfillment of a people’s aspirations for full emancipation.”
“In death as in life, he will always be a shining beacon of inspiration to all freedom-loving peoples,” he added
Mandela, 95, died at his Johannesburg home on Thursday after a prolonged lung infection. CATHERINE VALENTE