Palace on US envoy Bosworth’s death: ‘Loss of an important Edsa figure’
A Palace official expressed his sympathies to the family of former US ambassador Stephen Bosworth who died last January 3.
Bosworth served as the US ambassador to the Philippines from 1984 to 1987.
In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda lauded Bosworth as a “true friend of the Philippines.”
Lacierda said that being a witness of the country’s transition from dictatorship to democracy, the former US envoy “proved to be an honorable representative not just of his country’s interests but of the spirit of the times: one that embraced the toppling of tyrants throughout the world and the ‘restoration of democracy by the ways of democracy.’”
“In his dealings with the democratic opposition to the dictatorship, he proved to be an understanding and sympathetic envoy. His passing marks the loss of one more important figure in the history of people power, as we prepare to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution. We extend our deepest condolences to his family during this time of grief,” he added.
Bosworth died in his Boston, Massachusetts home last January 3. He was 76.
No cause of death has been reported, yet it was known that he was suffering from prostate cancer.
It was Bosworth who relayed the message of then US Secretary of State George Schultz to former President Ferdinand E. Marcos telling him that his “time was up.”
After serving as former US ambassador to the Philippines, he then served as the executive director of Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization from 1994 to 1997; US ambassador to South Korea from 1997 to 2000; and Special Representative for North Korea Policy in 2009.
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