By Liezelle Soriano
MANILA — President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. expressed his sorrow over the passing of Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev, the last leader of the former Soviet Union.
Gorbachev died on Tuesday, 30 August 2022. He was 91.
“The Filipino people condole with the Russian people for the loss of a great leader in the person of Mikhail Gorbachev, and we pray he rests in peace,” Marcos said.
Marcos said that Gorbachev is best remembered for the disbandment of his own political party, the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU), which has the biggest membership in the world.
The former leader is credited for “glasnost” referring to political reforms and “perestroika” for economic restructuring, Marcos said.
The President said in a statement that the late Russian leader’s political and economic reforms were responsible for millions of people in the former communist nations of Eastern Europe being safe and free.
“That the world is much safer now and there is greater freedom for millions of people in the former communist countries in Eastern Europe is in part because of Mr. Gorbachev’s political and economic reforms,” he said.
Gorbachev died at the age of 91 after an unspecified “long and grave illness.” (ai/mtvn)