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President Benigno Aquino on Friday night paid his respects to the late former Chief Justice Andres Narvasa, who died at age 84 last Thursday.

Aquino went to the Mount Carmel Shrine Parish in Quezon City, according to a post on his Facebook account. Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte confirmed Aquino’s visit.

“He visited the memorial of the former Chief Justice last night,” Valte said on government-run dzRB radio Saturday morning.

The photo posted on Aquino’s Facebook page showed him wearing a striped shirt, standing in front of the urn bearing Narvasa’s ashes.

But Valte said she may have to inquire with Aquino on the possibility of a posthumous award for Narvasa.

Narvasa passed away early Thursday at age 84. The Supreme Court said he was the country’s 19th Chief Justice.

He served as Chief Justice from Dec. 8, 1991 to Nov. 30, 1998, and as defense counsel of then President Joseph Estrada in his impeachment trial in 2000.

Also, he was a former dean of the University of Santo Tomas’ Faculty of Civil Law.

Before joining the high court, Narvasa was the general counsel of the Agrava fact-finding board that investigated the assassination of former Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr., incumbent President Aquino’s father.  — LBG, GMA News

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