President Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. mourned the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, the longest serving monarch of Britain.
In a statement posted in his Facebook account on Friday, Marcos remembered how the Queen reigned with “dignity, commitment to duty, and devotion to all those in her realm.”
“The world has lost a true figure of majesty in what she demonstrated throughout her life and throughout her reign as Queen,” Marcos said.
“It is with profound sadness that we receive the news of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in Balmoral Castle yesterday [Thursday]evening,” he added.
Marcos visited the residence of British Ambassador to the Philippines Laure Beaufils to sign the condolence book of the Queen. He was accompanied by First Lady Maria Louise Araneta Marcos, and two of his sons, Ilocos Norte Rep. Ferdinand Alexander “Sandro” A. Marcos III and Joseph Simon A. Marcos.
Also present in the event is the cousin of the President, House Speaker Martin G. Romualdez.
“We, together with many Filipinos living and working in England, though not subjects of the Queen, have found ourselves having developed a great sense of affection for her as a Queen, as mother, and as a grandmother,” Marcos said.
Marcos and his three children all studied in the United Kingdom.
Woman of character
The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) also lamented the death of the Queen.
“Queen Elizabeth II was a woman of faith. She made Jesus the center of her life. She valued humanity,” Borongan Bishop Crispin Varquez, CBCP-Episcopal Office on Women chairman, said in an interview with the Church-run Radio Veritas.
Varquez lauded how the British monarch gained respect worldwide through her strength in character and values rather than “arms and wealth.”
The Queen passed away on Thursday at the age of 96.
She ascended to the British throne in 1952 following the death of her father, King George VI.
His son, King Charles III, succeeds her.