Tributes pour in from across political spectrum for former president Noynoy Aquino

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 24, 2021   •   213

MANILA, Philippines—Lawmakers and other government officials from across the political spectrum paid tribute to former president Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III who died Thursday at age 61.

Senators sent their respective condolences to the Aquino family. They looked back at the accomplishments of the  former chief executive during his term and described him as a “profile of courage, a man of convictions.”

In a tweet, Vice President Leni Robredo praised Aquino for his hard work and dedication.

Former Vice President Jejomar Binay sent his condolences to Aquino’s family.

“Noynoy and I may have had political differences during the last few years of his term, but that will not diminish the many years of friendship between our families. My deepest condolences to the family. Godspeed, Pareng Noy,” he said.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III said, “No matter what political side you’re on, when a former president passes away, the country mourns.”

Senator Ralph Recto lauded Aquino for his style of work, preferring “silent, solid work over flamboyance.”

“He did not treat his office as theatre, where he was obliged to make grand gestures to incite his base or distract them from his mistakes,” Recto said in a statement.

Senator Bong Go said he is with the nation in prayers for the eternal repose of Aquino’s soul and for the strength of his family in grief.

“May the late president’s siblings and relatives find comfort in the thought that we are thankful to him for having dedicated his life in the service of the country and our people,” he said.

For Senator Panfilo Lacson, Aquino’s passing is “heartbreaking” and added that “it was a privilege to serve with him.”  Lacson also said the former president “did not deserve to be unappreciated.”

“He served his country very well with humility, honor and integrity. Even as President, he always managed to promptly respond to my messages, no matter how casual and trivial,” he said.

Being one of Aquino’s “classmates” in Congress from 1998 to 2008, Senator Imee Marcos said she will treasure the memories she had with the former president while they were freshmen legislators.

“For beyond politics and much public acrimony, I knew Noynoy the kind and simple soul. He will be deeply missed,” she said.

Senator Risa Hontiveros called Aquino as a “dear friend and a brother.” She remembered how he dedicated his life “to the ideals of democracy and the well-being of Filipinos.” She also send her deepest condolences to the Aquino family.

“He was a champion for clean and honest governance, which was key to sustaining the remarkable economic growth under his watch,” she said.

Meanwhile, the Philippine flag at the Senate building in Pasay City, as well as in other areas including Manila and Davao City, are at half-mast to honor the former president.

Several local government officials and government department heads also paid tribute to the life and works of Aquino.

“The City Government of Davao is one with the nation in praying for the eternal repose of the soul of former President Benigno Aquino III. The Philippine flag in the entire Davao City shall be flown at half-mast until his burial,” Davao Mayor Sara Duterte said in a statement.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso hopes that Aquino’s legacy continue to lead others to the right path.

“As the leader of our nation, we knew him as “PNoy.” He championed good governance reforms that promoted efficiency and reduced opportunities for corruption. The Philippines was cited as the fastest-growing economy in Asia during his administration,” he said.

The United States (US) Embassy also offer their deepest condolences to the former president’s family/

Aquino died peacefully in his sleep. His death certificate pronounced his death at 6:30 a.m. “due to renal disease secondary to diabetes.” AAC




Biden extends condolences to the Filipino people on the passing ex-president Noynoy Aquino

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 25, 2021

United States (US) President Joe Biden extended his condolences to the Filipino people on the passing of former President Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III.

In a statement, Biden said Aquino was a valued friend and partner to the United States. He added that Aquino  served the Philippines with integrity and selfless dedication.

“President Aquino’s steadfast commitment to advancing peace, upholding the rule of law, and driving economic growth for all Filipinos, while taking bold steps to promote the rules-based international order, leaves a remarkable legacy at home and abroad that will endure for years to come,” he said.

The US President also extended his heartfelt sympathies toAquino’s family and to all who will mourn his absence. AAC

Bangsamoro gov’t thanks Aquino admin for peace efforts in Mindanao

Robie de Guzman   •   June 25, 2021

The government of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) said it is “forever grateful” to the administration of former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III for its efforts to promote peace in Mindanao as it expressed sadness over the demise of the former leader.

“The Bangsamoro Government joins the entire country in mourning the death of former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino who passed away today, June 24,” BARMM chief minister Ahod Ebrahim said in a statement.

“We are forever grateful for his administration’s efforts in revitalizing the peace talks and their help in laying the groundwork for lasting peace in Mindanao,” he added.

Ebrahim said Aquino played a vital role in the Bangsamoro peace process and remembered his administration’s sincerity when they met in Narita, Japan on August 4, 2011 for peace negotiations between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

“Because of the confidence by both parties in the peace process during his term, we saw the eventual signing of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro – documents that would pave way to the foundations of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao,” he said.

The peace pact, which was seen as the solution to the decades-long Muslim insurgency in Mindanao, was regarded as among Aquino’s legacy during his presidency from 2010 to 2016.

Ebrahim also remembered Aquino’s “commitment to fight corruption and just like his parents, his unwavering commitment to democracy.”

Noynoy is the son of Philippine democracy icons, former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino and former President Corazon “Cory” Aquino.

He served as the 15th President of the Philippines from 2010 to 2016.

He passed away in his sleep on Thursday morning due to renal disease secondary to diabetes, his family said.

“Our thoughts go out to his family, friends, and to the rest of the country during this difficult loss,” Ebrahim said.

PH Supreme Court orders flags in courthouses at half-mast to honor Aquino

Robie de Guzman   •   June 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday ordered courthouses across the country to lower all flags at half-staff to honor the late former President Benigno Aquino III.

“The Supreme Court of the Philippines orders all flags in courthouses nationwide be flown at half-mast beginning today in view of the passing of former President Benigno Simeon Aquino III,” the SC Public Information Office said.

Three of the 14 incumbent SC justices – Estela Perlas Bernabe, Marvic Leonen, and Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa – were appointed by Aquino when he served as the country’s president from 2010 to 2016.

Aquino passed away Thursday morning at the age of 61.

His family said Aquino died “peacefully in his sleep” at 6:30 a.m. from renal disease secondary to diabetes.


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