Archbishop: Best eulogy for PNoy is to bring back decency in gov't

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 26) — The death of former President Noynoy Aquino should serve as a reminder to Filipinos to elect servant leaders, an archbishop critical of the incumbent administration's style of governance said Saturday.

Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas made the remark during his homily at the funeral mass for Aquino, the son of pro-democracy icons Cory and Ninoy.

"Eulogies have been written and spoken and shared, but the best eulogy tribute we can pay to our dear President Noy is to bring back, recover, preserve, safeguard, and never again to compromise our dignity as a people and decency of our leaders as servants, not bosses," the outspoken prelate said, referencing the 15th president's famous tagline "Kayo ang boss ko (You are my boss)" during his inauguration speech in 2010.

Villegas went on to say that "the flags at half-[staff] are not only for the dead president but for the dying, decent governance."

'New great Filipino in heaven'

Aquino died due to renal disease, secondary to diabetes on Thursday. He was 61 years old. On Saturday, the late president was laid to rest at the Manila Memorial Park, beside his parents.

READ: Former President Aquino dies at 61 

"There is a new great Filipino in heaven joining his great Filipino parents," the archbishop said. "Nakakagulat. Nakakahinayang. Nakakalungkot. Nakakainggit. Sa kabila ng lahat, salamat pa rin sa Diyos," he added.

[Translation: It is shocking, disappointing, sad, something to be jealous of. Despite everything, thank you, God.]

Meanwhile, those he left behind "still must endure mediocrity and violence, and vulgarity and treachery."