Duterte visits Henry Sy Sr.’s wake


Posted at Jan 21 2019 10:55 AM | Updated as of Jan 21 2019 11:07 AM

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte pays his last respects to Henry Sy Sr. during his visit to the wake of the late Chinese-Filipino business magnate, investor, and philanthropist at the Heritage Memorial Park in Taguig City on January 20 2019. Ace Morandante, Presidential Photo

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday paid a visit to the wake of the late retail tycoon Henry Sy Sr.

Palace photos show the President and some Cabinet members talking to members of the Sy family at the Heritage Park in Taguig City.

Sy, known for transforming a simple shoe shop into a global conglomerate, died Saturday morning. He was 94.

Sy Sr. was named by Forbes as the country’s richest man with an estimated net worth of $19 billion.

The Palace has called Sy as “a visionary and a pillar of the Philippine economy who believed in the potentials and opportunities of the country and pursued them with dedication, passion, and hard work till their fruition.”

The public viewing of Sy Sr.'s remains is scheduled from January 20 to 23 at the Heritage chapels, while interment is on Thursday, January 24, his son Hans said in a statement.