President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has conveyed her and the Filipino people’s condolences to the family of former United States President Gerald Ford who died Dec. 26 at the age of 93.
"On behalf of the people and government of the Republic of the Philippines, I wish to convey my most heartfelt condolences over the passing of your husband, former President Gerald R. Ford," President Arroyo said in a letter to former US First Lady Betty Ford.
President Arroyo said the "Filipino nation will always remember the late President not only as a true friend of the Philippines, but as a dedicated leader who led the country (the United States) through a challenging period of transition for all Americans."
Ford became the 38th US president after the resignation in August 1974 of then President Richard Nixon following the Watergate scandal.
In her letter to the former US First Lady, President Arroyo noted that "it was through President Ford’s quiet and dignified leadership that the United States once again gathered the vigor and determination to serve as an inspiration for all freedom-loving peoples of the world."
"Our prayers are with you and your family in this most difficult of times," the Chief Executive told Mrs. Ford.