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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
05MANILA2815 2005-06-21 04:29 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Manila
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UNCLAS MANILA 002815

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR EAP, EAP/PMBS, INR/EAP, INR/B

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PINS KPAO SOCI PINR RP VT
SUBJECT: CARDINAL SIN DIES AT AGE 76

REF: A. MANILA 2731

¶B. 04 MANILA 0614
¶C. 03 MANILA 5177

¶1. (U) Retired Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin died of
multiple organ failure at a hospital in greater Manila at
6:15 AM on June 21. Cardinal Sin, 76, had been in poor
health for the past several years and had been in intensive
care for the past two days due to an infection related to a
long-standing kidney problem. President Gloria Macapagal-
Arroyo issued a statement on his death, which commented, in
part: “History will mark this day of sadness when a great
liberator of the Filipino people and a champion of God
passed away. Cardinal Sin leaves a legacy of freedom and
justice forged in deep personal courage.”

¶2. (U) Sin’s family plans to transfer his remains from a
memorial chapel in Quezon City to the Manila Cathedral where
he will lie in state. The Catholic Church has not yet
announced details for Sin’s funeral. The funeral may offer
an occasion for protests or demonstrations given ongoing
political tensions in the Philippines (Ref A). As of yet,
however, no groups have announced that they plan to use
Cardinal Sin’s death as a rallying point, but Mission will
continue to monitor the situation.

¶3. (U) Jaime Sin was born August 31, 1928, in Aklan
Province, Panay Island, in the Visayas region of the Central
Philippines. He was the 14th of 16 children of a Chinese
merchant and a Filipino woman. He was ordained a priest in
¶1954. He became the Bishop of Jaro (Ilo Ilo Province, Panay
Island) in 1967, Archbishop of Jaro in 1972, Archbishop of
Manila in 1974, and a Cardinal in 1976. His appointment as
the Archbishop of Manila came at a time when the country was
four years into martial law and there was simmering
discontent against the Marcos dictatorship. Working closely
with Corazon Aquino, who would shortly become president,
Cardinal Sin played a major role in rallying large crowds
during the “People Power” (EDSA I) movement in 1986 that
ousted President Marcos. He was also active in the EDSA II
movement that ousted President Estrada in 2001. Cardinal
Sin was widely acknowledged as a key player in the political
and religious arena until his retirement in 2003 at the age
of 75. He was a close ally of Pope John Paul II on
doctrinal matters, but was too ill to attend the funeral of
the Pope in April. Since the retirement of Cardinal Sin,
other leaders have come to the fore in the Catholic Church
(to which 83 percent of Filipinos belong), including:
Archbishop of Cebu Ricardo Cardinal Vidal; Manila Archbishop
Gaudencio Rosales; and Davao Archbishop and Head of the
Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)
Fernando Capalla.

¶4. (U) On June 21, Mission issued the following press
statement, which was also posted on its website:

“The U.S. Embassy was saddened to learn of the death of His
Eminence Jaime Cardinal Sin on June 21. We recognize his
many contributions to the political, spiritual and moral
life of this nation, and we extend our condolences to his
family and to the Catholic faithful.”

   

 

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