MANILA, Philippines – The maternal uncle of President Aquino passed away yesterday due to cardio-respiratory arrest secondary to multiple organ failure at the Makati Medical Center. He was 83.
Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda announced Pedro Cojuangco died at 10:33 a.m. and the wake will be held at the Cojuangco residence in Forbes Park, Makati City.
“The burial will be on July 26 at the Manila Memorial Park,” Lacierda said.
Cojuangco was the eldest brother of the late former President Corazon Aquino, the President’s mother.
Cojuangco was chairman and president of the Central Azucarera de Tarlac that operates a sugar mill and refining, distilling and carbon dioxide plants in Tarlac City.
Cojuangco was also listed as the chairman of Jose Cojuangco and Sons, which owns 28 percent of Central Azucarera de Tarlac, as well as a building in Legazpi Village, Makati City, that served as the campaign headquarters of Mrs. Aquino in 1986 and as her private office after her term ended in 1992.