Former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III passed away at the age of 61.
Early this morning, the former President was rushed to the Capitol Medical Center for a still unknown reason. However, minutes after the reports, news of his passing has broken out.
Former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino who as also known as “Pnoy” became the 15th President of the Philippines from 2010-2016 with his campaign platform “Daang Matuwid”. Prior to his ascent to Presidency, he served as a representative from Tarlac, a Deputy house speaker in the house of representatives, OIC Secretary of the DILG, and a Senator.
“Pnoy” is the third child and only son of former Senator Benigno Simeon “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. and former President Corazon Aquino.
While he is known as one of the icons of Democracy, his term was also marred with controversies. Most notable is the response to Typhoon Yolanda and the Mamasapano incident. Despite that, he led the Philippines into prosperity. He brought China to court and demanded that China should stop its reclamation activities in the South China Sea and respect the sovereignty of the Philippines. This ended with a decision that favored the Philippines. That decision can be found here. Another notable accomplishment during his term is the PPP or the Public-Private Partnerships which gave way to the improvements and construction of vital road networks and other structures. Some of the PPP projects were set to be completed after his term. Here’s the list of the projects that were initiated under the PPP and are set to be completed during the next presidents’ term.
The former President is survived by his sisters Kristina Bernadette (Kris), Maria Elena (Ballsy), Victoria Elisa (Viel), and Aurora Corazon (Pinky).
Sending Condolences and Heartfelt Messages
Vice President Leni Robredo posted on Twitter her heartfelt memories of the Former President
Nakakadurog ng puso ang balitang wala na si PNoy. Mabuti siyang kaibigan at tapat na Pangulo. He tried to do what was right, even when it was not popular. Tahimik at walang pagod siyang nagtrabaho para makatulong sa marami. He will be missed. Nakikiramay ako sa kanyang pamilya. pic.twitter.com/mqzrPKA6dr
— Leni Robredo (@lenirobredo) June 24, 2021
Associate Justice Marvic Leonen has posted on Twitter his condolences calling the former president “a man driven by passion to serve the people”.
— Help others. Humanity will endure. (@marvicleonen) June 24, 2021
The current administrations’ Foreign Affairs Secretary also took to Twitter to honor the Former President.
I’m out of Twitter from grief over the death of a sea-green incorruptible, brave under armed attack, wounded in crossfire, indifferent to power and its trappings, and ruled our country with a puzzling coldness but only because he hid his feelings so well it was thought he had
— Teddy Locsin Jr. (@teddyboylocsin) June 24, 2021