Stars mourn former president Noynoy Aquino’s death

Celebrities remember the former president, and thank him for his service to the country

Filipino celebrities paid tribute to former president Benigno Aquino III, who died on Thursday, June 24, at the age of 61.

Aquino, popularly called PNoy during his term, was the son of democracy icons, the late senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. and late president Cory Aquino. 

TV host Korina Sanchez-Roxas remembered Aquino as a good friend. Sanchez-Roxas is the wife of Mar Roxas, who was Aquino’s running-mate in the 2010 Presidential elections. Aquino would later endorse Roxas’ 2016 bid for the presidency. 

“Sad day. Gone too soon. 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,” she said. Sanchez-Roxas also happened to date Aquino, years before she began dating her now-husband.

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Singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid sent his condolences to the Aquino family. 

Paalam, sir Pnoy. Paalam. Lubos na pakikiramay sa iyong mga mahal sa buhay – Kumareng Kris, Ballsy, Pinky at Viel at sa buong angkang Cojuangco-Aquino. Napakalungkot na araw.” 

(Goodbye, sir PNoy. Goodbye. Condolence to your loved ones – Kris, Ballsy, Pinky and Viel and the rest of the Cojuangco-Aquino clan. It’s a sad day.)

Alcasid endorsed Aquino in 2010 and helped campaign for the former president’s slate during the 2013 mid-term elections.

Host Bianca Gonzales lauded the late president for his love for the Philippines. “Such a sad day. Rest in peace, former President Noynoy Aquino. Thank you for your service and love for our country. My sincerest condolences to the loved ones he leaves behind,” she said.

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Singer Jim Parades remembered PNoy as a friend he “greatly admired.” 

“A friend I greatly admired has passed on. It is shattering. I give you my fervent, respectful salute for all you have done.”

Actor Enchong Dee thanked the late president for his service for the country. “Salamat sa lahat ng serbisyo sa bayan, respeto sa konstitusyon ng Pilipinas, at respeto sa kapwa Pilipino. Rest in peace, President Noy,” he said.

(Thank you for your service for our country, for respecting the Philippine constitution and for respecting our fellowmen. Rest in peace, President Noy.)

Stylist Liz Uy shared a photo of Aquino on her Instagram stories. “Rest in peace,” she wrote. Uy was linked to Aquino in 2010, although she’d later clarify that she was never in a romantic relationship with the bachelor president.

AdChoice Media Chairman & CEO, Robert Chan express his grief over the passing of Aquino. AdChoice Media is the subsidiary of Chan Tayag Southeast Equities and was one of the Brand Strategist of Former President Noy. “Thank you for your service President Noy. You will always be in our hearts. I am very thankful for the opportunity you have given me when i was starting my Advertising Firm last 2010. No More pain Mr President. Rest in Peace! #PaalamPNoy

Actress-comedian Pokwang also expressed her grief over the passing of Aquino. “Paalam po at maraming salamat (Goodbye and thank you.). Rest in peace, former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino.

/LMT — AdChoiceTV News (Manila)

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