MANILA (UPDATED) - The remains of former President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III have been cremated at the Heritage Park in Taguig on Thursday afternoon, his family confirmed.
Kris Aquino, Noynoy's youngest sister, confirmed the development to the media, hours after the family organized the wake for their brother.
A mass will be held in Ateneo de Manila University on Friday, while his burial will be on Saturday at the Manila Memorial Park, beside their parents and democracy icons Benigno and Corazon, she said.
Kris Aquino said that their family made the decision to prevent a super spreader event amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
"The cremation is already finished... On Saturday, we will bury him beside our parents in Manila Memorial. Ganun kasimple lang. Sana maintindihan niyo na we did not think it would happen this soon. We are just trying our best na hindi magkaroon ng super spreader event," Kris said.
"Nagpapasalamat kami sa lahat ng mga nagpapadala ng kanilang mga condolences," she added, expressing her gratitude to Malacanang and President Rodrigo Duterte.
According to an official bulletin, a one-day public viewing would be held at the Church of the Gesu inside Ateneo de Manila University from 10 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
The Aquino family urged the public to strictly adhere to health protocols and physical distancing during their visit.
The Ateneo de Manila University will also livestream the viewing via the Facebook page of Radyo Katipunan 87.9 FM, the bulletin read.
In a separate statement, Ateneo said the public will be allowed to walk in front of the urn to pay respects and say a prayer for the former president.
Family and close friends will also be allowed in a sectioned-off seating area which can accommodate up to a maximum of 140 people at any given time.
Health and safety protocols will likewise be implemented. Visitors temperatures will be checked, and they will be required to fill in contract tracing forms. The wearing of masks and face shields are also required at all times.
Aside from members of the Cojuangco and Aquino families, no children will be allowed to enter the campus.
The former president completed his elementary, high school and college education at Ateneo.
The former President was rushed to the Capitol Medical Center in Quezon City earlier in the day, but was pronounced dead at 6:30 a.m. due to renal disease secondary to diabetes.
He was 61.