MANILA -- Malacañang mourned the passing of Elizabeth Gokongwei, who died Saturday, a week after the passing of her husband billionaire John Gokongwei Jr.
The Gokongwei matriarch was the "other half who helped in realizing the vision and dream of one of the greatest business leaders of our time," according to Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo.
"She fully supported the conviction of the businessman who dared," he said in a statement, citing an advice from the tycoon to "marry a good person."
"We express our deep condolences to -- and relay our commiseration with the family. May the perpetual light shine upon her, and may her soul, through the mercy of God, rest in eternal peace."
The tycoon and his wife, whose wake will be private, were survived by their 6 children.