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Nelson Mandela's life is a 'durable guide to humanity,' Aquino says

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President Benigno Aquino III has hailed the late Nelson Mandela as someone who united the whole world behind the values of peace and compassion, even during his death.

"On behalf of the entire Filipino people, I extend our deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Mandela, the people of South Africa, and all men and women of peace and goodwill who mourn the passing of a truly great man," Aquino said.

"For today, as Nelson Mandela united his people in the spirit of compassion and inclusiveness, so too does he unite the rest of the world not only in grief and mourning, but also in respect and admiration for a life lived with strength, courage, humility, and dignity," the President added.

“A durable guide to humanity” was what Aquino said, referring to the life of the activist who, in 1990, was freed after spending 27 years in prison for opposing apartheid in South Africa. 

"Nelson Mandela was the father of modern South Africa, an exemplar of conscientious resistance to racism, and exponent of reconciliation founded on justice. The life he lived makes us cognizant of those who have suffered persecution, yet refused to allow it to plunge their lives into bitterness or vengeance," Aquino said.

"By transcending the wounds of the past, he helped establish a prosperous, inclusive present. His unflagging optimism that the world could be a place where prejudice gives way to harmony will therefore continue to serve as a beacon of hope for all," the President said.