US Embassy in Manila closed on Dec. 5 to mourn Bush


Posted at Dec 04 2018 03:51 PM

MANILA- The United States Embassy here and its affiliated offices will be closed to the public on Wednesday, Dec. 5 in observance of the National Day of Mourning for former US President George H.W. Bush.

Regular services will resume on Thursday, Dec. 6, the embassy said in an advisory.

The 41st president of the United States, Bush passed away Friday at age 94, at his home in Houston -- "a very gentle and peaceful passing," in the words of his lifelong friend and advisor James Baker.

In the years leading to his death, Bush who suffered from Parkinson's disease and was wheelchair-bound, had been hospitalized on several occasions for various ailments, including pneumonia.

Malacañang on Saturday sent the Philippines' condolences to the United States.

"On behalf of the Filipino nation and people, we wish to convey our condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Mr. Bush, as well as to the government and the people of the United States of America," Malacañang said in a statement.

"He stood for freedom and his words about the subject ring a bell until this day when he said, 'The anchor in our world today is freedom, holding us steady in times of change, a symbol of hope to all the world.'"

-with reports from Reuters