MANILA -- Malacañang is sending its sympathies to South Africa on the passing of the country's former leader Nelson Mandela.
Speaking with ANC's "Headstart" on Friday, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Sonny Coloma shared the Palace's sentiment on Mandela's passing.
"We grieve over the death of Nelson Mandela, a revered world leader who led his nation and people to freedom by threading the path of peace. He endured decades of imprisonment with unwavering fortitude and perseverance, affirming that picking the peaceful non-violent path to freedom is one that brings upon sustained and enduring fulfillment of people's aspirations for peaceful emancipation," Coloma said.
"In death and in life he will always provide a shining beacon of inspiration to all freedom loving people," he added.
Mandela, 95, died at his Johannesburg home on Thursday after a prolonged lung infection, plunging his nation and the world into mourning for a man hailed by global leaders as a moral giant.
Although Mandela had been frail and ailing for nearly a year, Zuma's announcement late on Thursday of the death of the former president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate shook South Africa.
Tributes began flooding in almost immediately for a man who was an iconic global symbol of struggle against injustice and of racial reconciliation.
US President Barack Obama said the world had lost "one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth".
British Prime Minister David Cameron called Mandela "a hero of our time" and said "a great light has gone out in the world". -- With a report from Reuters