Public viewing for Danding Cojuangco to begin in QC on Sunday

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 20 2020 11:11 PM | Updated as of Jun 20 2020 11:27 PM

Nationalist People's Coalition chairman emeritus Ambassador Eduardo "Danding" Cojuangco speaks during the oathtaking of Tarlac Board Members, Congressmen, Vice Governor and Governor at the Bulwagan Kanlahi, Diwa ng Tarlac in Tarlac City on June 28, 2019. Dax Simbol, ABS-CBN News/File

MANILA--A public viewing of business magnate and political kingmaker Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco Jr. will be held on Sunday, June 21, in Quezon City, according to his family.

The viewing will take place at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in New Manila, Quezon City, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"We know that the current GCQ (general community quarantine) will make it harder for everyone to pay their respects. More than anything, we know that our Dad would want you to stay safe, so we fully understand if you can't visit," the family wrote in a paid advertisement that ran on national broadsheet Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Cojuangco's remains will be transferred to his family chapel in Paniqui town, Tarlac province, on June 22. It will then be brought to the Tarlac Provincial Capital on June 25, as succeeding arrangements will be announced later.

Cojuangco, who wields influence in politics, business and sports, died on June 16 from pneumonia and heart failure at St. Luke's Medical Center.

He was chairman and CEO of San Miguel Corp. for more than two decades. He was also the founding chair of the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC), which consistently fields candidates in local and national races since the 1990s.

Cojuangco was survived by his wife Gretchen and their children Tina, Lisa, Charlie and Mark.

"While we mourn his passing, we are grateful for the gift of his life. He was the cornerstone and pillar of our family, and we will miss him dearly," the family said.