THE death of former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino 3rd sent shockwaves in the country’s social media platforms, especially to those who have worked for and supported him.
Former Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino 4th, said his heart is broken over his cousin’s passing.
“Nadurog ang puso ko sa paglisan ni PNoy sa atin,” (My heart is broken when PNoy left us.) he sent to his social media platforms. “Sa mga susunod na oras, maraming sasabihin tungkol sa kanya, iba totoo, iba hindi. Pero ito ang masasabi ko, lahat ibinigay niya para sa Pilipino. Wala siyang itinira.” (In the next few hours, there will be a lot said about him, some true, and some not. But this is what I want to say, he gave his all for the Filipino. No one was left behind.)
Former Aquino Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda tweeted his farewell.
“He started in politics as the son of a martyr and a mother who became our President,” Lacierda wrote. “He became our President and governed our country with honest leadership, decency and civility. History will judge his governance with favor but for now. He belongs to the ages.”
Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. tweeted his tribute for 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 none; it was the way he and his siblings were raised by a great woman [former President Corazon Aquino]-their mother and of our restored democracy (without her none in power yesterday and today would be),” Locsin tweeted.
Locsin believes former president Corazon Aquino, who was the younger Aquino’s mother, created the democratic space that “made it possible.” He later shared a photo of himself with the two former presidents in a later tweet.
“She created the democratic space that made it possible,” Locsin continued. “She believed that one must never let oneself go no matter the occasion or provocation; showing feelings was vulgar which I too believe but am guilty of. It is a hard ethic. Blood always shows. I beg his sisters to allow me the honor to share their grief. He wasn’t fond of me but I could not bring myself not to admire him.”
Television personality Korina Sanchez-Roxas, wife of former interior secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd, thanked the former president on her Instagram account.
“Sad day. Gone too soon,” she wrote. “Many presidents have come and gone. But PNOY I knew. Thank you for your friendship. Most of all, gratitude for service to our country. Godspeed. Bon voyage. Be happy in eternity with your parents, your fellow Filipino heroes.”
Former Senator Antonio Trillanes 4th tweeted Aquino served the country well.
“You can rest in peace now PNoy. You served our country well,” he wrote.
Former vice president Jejomar Binay, who served with Aquino, also sent his condolences.
“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,” he tweeted. “My deepest condolences to the family. Godspeed, Pareng Noy.”
Former Magdalo Rep. and senatorial candidate Gary Alejano stated on Facebook Aquino served his country well.
“You served your country well as a decent and respectable man. Thank you for your service. May God bless our country,” Alejano wrote.
Sorsogon governor and former Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero was also saddened.
“I was truly saddened to learn the passing of my long-time friend, former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino 3rd, whose presidency from 2010 to 2016 has been admired by many here and abroad for his deep commitment to democracy, human rights and curbing corruption,” he wrote in a Facebook post. “His understanding of the connection of poverty and corruption resonated well during administration and influenced policies toward empowering the poor while holding public officials accountable for their misdeeds. I am quite sure that the world mourns with your loved ones, but with grateful hearts for your contribution to the Filipino people as a public servant and a remarkable person.”
Newspaper columnist and former Aquino communications undersecretary Manuel “Manolo” Quezon 3rd said the public lost someone they honored.
“With no formal announcement, no order, the flags are being lowered to half mast in public and private places,” Quezon tweeted. “It will always be so when the public loses someone who, at the moment of passing and thus final reckoning, they indubitably know served them faithfully and with honor.”
Theater actress Leah Navarro said Aquino “made us proud to be a Filipino”.
“You insisted on calling us your Bosses. Walang Corrupt, Walang Mahirap (no corruption, no poverty) – you accomplished most of that dream,” Navarro tweeted. “You paved our Daang Matuwid (straight path) and kept to it. You made us proud to be Filipino. It was an honor to serve you. So much more to say, but always, #SalamatPNoy.”
The Kaya Natin movement, which supports good governance, thanked Aquino for his steadfast leadership.
“We join the entire Filipino nation in mourning the loss of President Noynoy Aquino,” the group said in a tweet. “We thank him for his steadfast leadership that put the Philippines in a much better place during his presidency. May his courage and love for democracy and our country inspire us to help our fellow countrymen rise from the present crisis.”
Aquino, who served as President of the Philippines from 2010 to 2016, died on Thursday at the Capitol Medical Center in Quezon City at the age of 61.
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