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Binay extols Nelson Mandela’s ‘unconquerable spirit’

By: - NewsLab Lead / @MSantosINQ
/ 01:41 PM December 06, 2013

Vice President Jejomar Binay. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Vice President Jejomar Binay praised the “unconquerable spirit” of anti-apartheid icon and South Africa’s late president Nelson Mandela.

“Nelson Mandela embodied the unconquerable spirit and the healing power of forgiveness,” Binay said in a statement Friday following the death of Mandela at the age of 95 after a prolonged battles with a lung illness.

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“His life inspires us to strive for a world where freedom, equality, tolerance and understanding reign,” he said.

Mandela was an anti-apartheid revolutionary who was imprisoned for 27 years before being elected as South Africa’s first black president in 1994 to 1999.

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He died on Thursday in his home in Johannesburg.

South African president Jacob Zuma announced Mandela’s death saying “We’ve lost our greatest son.”

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