PNoy mulls 'day of mourning' for Dolphy
MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) - President Benigno Aquino is studying a proposal to declare a national day of mourning for Dolphy, deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said on Thursday.
"There have been several proposals, as soon as Mang Dolphy passed, nagkaroon na po ng movement to declare a national day of mourning for him," Valte told radio dzMM.
"It is being considered by the President. The necessary documents are already with the President," she said. "Naghihintay na lang po tayo ng instructions."
Valte said the President has the discretion to declare a day of mourning "if there is something that happens that has a significance on the country."
"Since Mang Dophy has passed (away), iisa lang po ang comedy king. Ganitong mga instances po will be taken into consideration," she added.
President Aquino also visited Dolphy's wake at the Heritage Park in Taguig City on Thursday to pay his last respects to the Philippines' King of Comedy.
On a congressman’s proposal to declare June 10 every year as “Dolphy Day,” Valte said, “We will leave it first to the legislature on how to deal with that particular bill and we’ll study it when it reaches the Executive.”
In 2009, then-President Gloria Arroyo declared ten days of national mourning following the death of former President Corazon Aquino on August 1, 2009.
All flags in government buildings were flown at half-staff from August 1 to August 10, 2009.
Mrs. Arroyo declared August 5, the day of Mrs. Aquino's funeral, as a special non-working holiday in her honor.
Meantime, friends, fans and colleagues of Dolphy continue to flock to the Heritage Park in Taguig City.
Among those who visited today were Senator Lito Lapid, who co-starred with Dolphy in a number of movies, and former First Lady Imelda Marcos.
Fans also brought memorabilia of the Comedy King which they offered to the family.
The wake was open to the public until 3 p.m. Thursday.
It will be open to the public again on Friday and Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dolphy died Tuesday after a long bout with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. -- with reports from Willard Cheng and Ryan Chua, ABS-CBN News; Jojo Malig, ABS-CBNNews.com; ANC, dzMM