The President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declared August 5, ex-President Corazon Cojuangco Aquino’s interment, a National non- working holiday. In a separate declaration, August 1 to 10 of the same year will be the National mourning for the passing away of the Republic’s first lady-President. These declarations have been issued while PGMA is in her state visit to the United States of America. The President is also expected to cut her visit short and pay visit to the wake of Ms. Aquino at the Manila Cathedral.

As a former president of the Republic, the Aquino family was offered to hold the wake in an appropriate place in the palace. They have declined the offer because the bereaved family holds grudge against the current president. The issue they haven’t put to rest is something about a bodyguard the current president has ordered to be take off from its duty. The family believed that this happening has something to do with their late mother’s transparency in opposing the new president’s governance. In fact, she was one of the leaders in some of the movements against the new government.

For whatever it is worth, let us just be all happy with the way PGMA is carrying all the issues against her. Her plans of visiting the wake of the former President should not even be sensationalized. It is something that any person can do in respect to the dead and the bereaved family. Besides, they have been friends and confidants in the past. Let her pay her respect to the former president and friend.