Malacañang offers sympathy to Cubans, Fidel Castro kin


Posted at Nov 26 2016 05:55 PM | Updated as of Nov 27 2016 01:48 AM

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang on Saturday extended its condolences to the people of Cuba and the family of revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, who died on Friday.

"The passing of former President Castro will surely be felt by the peoples of Cuba and the world. We are one with the family of Mr. Castro, the Cuban Government, and the Cuban nation during this period of deep mourning," Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said in a statement.

Castro, 90, died in Havana, his brother and Cuban President Raul Castro said.

Andanar said Castro "reasserted his nation's dignity and self-worth" and "stood up" against the West and capitalism.

"As it extols socialism, Cuba is one of the few societies that remain untouched by commercialism," he said.

"As his nation's father, Mr. Castro focused on health, education and literacy. His achievements in social development, such as establishing a universal health care and providing free education, became models for many developing nations with limited fiscal resources."