The President conferred the Quezon Service Cross on the late Benigno S. Aquino, Jr. today, during the mass marking the anniversary of his death held by his tomb.
The Quezon Service Cross is the highest civilian award of the Republic of the Philippines.
Created by Joint Resolution No. 4 dated October 21, 1946 of the First Congress of the Republic of the Philippines, the Quezon Service Cross is a Decoration conferred by the President of the Philippines with the concurrence of the Congress of the Philippines on Filipino citizens for exemplary service to the nation in such a manner and such a degree as to add great prestige to the Republic of the Philippines, or as to contribute to the lasting benefit of its people.
Ninoy Aquino is only the fourth Filipino to be conferred the Quezon Service Cross. The other awardees are: Carlos P. Romulo, Emilio Aguinaldo, and Ramon Magsaysay (posthumous). The award is rarely given because of the extremely strict criteria for awarding, and because the award requires the concurrence of both houses of Congress.