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President Benigno Aquino III said that Dolphy should be declared a National Artist for his significant contributions to the arts.
He made his announcement on Thursday, hours before he was set to pay his last respects to the late comedian.
"I agree that he should be declared a National Artist. But there is a process. In fact, my role here will be ministerial only," the President said in an interview on Thursday.
Aquino said he has ordered a study on whether a national day of mourning or a national day of remembrance should be declared to honor the late comedian.
"I respect the late King of Comedy. He has contributed a lot to the arts and we need to emphasize his contributions to the next generation of Filipinos," Aquino said.