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President Duterte visits wake of Gokongwei matriarch

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte pays his last respects to Elizabeth Gokongwei, who passed away on Saturday, a week after the death of her husband John L. Gokongwei Jr. at the Heritage Memorial Park in Taguig City on November 17, 2019.VALERIE ESCALERA/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte pays his last respects to Elizabeth Gokongwei, who passed away on Saturday, a week after the death of her husband John L. Gokongwei Jr. at the Heritage Memorial Park in Taguig City on November 17, 2019.VALERIE ESCALERA/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Sunday paid his last respects to Elizabeth Yu Gokongwei, who passed away Saturday, just a week after the death of her husband John Gokongwei Jr.

President Duterte arrived Sunday at the Heritage Park Mortuary & Crematory in Taguig City and condoled with the Gokongwei family.

The President chatted with the members of the Gokongwei family and also posed for a photo opportunity before leaving the premises.

According to reports, Mrs. Gokongwei was tired of her husband’s hospitalization and subsequently suffered a stroke. She died Saturday, November 16.

The Gokongwei matriarch is a founding member of the Robinsons Department Store and headed its merchandising department from 1980 to 1992.

She is also a philanthropist and a member of the board of trustees of the Gokongwei Brothers Foundation (GBF).

Mrs. Gokongwei was characterized by her children as a selfless mother who always put her family first and described her as the reason behind John Gokongwei’s success.

Present during the visit were Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Senators Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go and Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III. PND