Refer to: Ms. Dale Zapata
VP OFF TO RIYADH FOR KING FAHD’S FUNERAL
02 August 2005
Vice-President Noli ‘Kabayan’ De Castro
left for Riyadh yesterday afternoon to represent the country in paying
last respects to His
Royal Highness, King Fahd of Saudi Arabia, who
died Monday after a lingering illness.
Accompanied by his wife Arlene, who hails
from the prominent Sinsuat clan of Cotabato, Vice President De Castro
was met by Ambassador Banhnarim Guinommla at the Riyadh International
Airport and headed straight to the guest house to condole with the
family of King Fahd
led by his half-brother and successor to the
The Vice President and Mrs. De Castro are
expected back in Manila this Friday. Vice-President
De Castro, who is also the presidential adviser on Overseas Filipino
workers (OFWs), paid tribute to King Fahd as a champion of skilled
Filipinos for during his reign, OFWs and their families were given
important opportunities to lead better lives.
The earnings of Saudi OFWs significantly
contributed in improving Philippine dollar reserves.
A controversial monarch who ascended the
throne in 1982, the late King
Fahd reigned for twenty three years over
a country that accounts for twenty-five percent of the world’s oil
supply and home to important historic Moslem cities of Mecca and Medina.
King Fahd, 83, had been
in the hospital
since May 27, when he was admitted with acute pneumonia. He
had a reputation as an administrator and international diplomat.
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