Social media lit up with tributes on Thursday as several government officials, personalities, and netizens mourned the death of former president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.
Vice President Leni Robredo said she was heartbroken after learning about the death of Aquino, whom she described as a good friend, an upright president, and a man of integrity who always put the welfare of the people above all else.
“He was courageous in facing down the systemic ills of society, in dismantling long-entrenched systems of corruption, in standing up for the country in the international stage,” she added.
The Liberal Party also mourned Aquino’s demise, saying the country “lost one of the finest examples of what a President should be.”
Malacañang also expressed its condolences to the loved ones of the former chief executive.
Senate President Tito Sotto said Aquino’s death “diminishes us all.”
“No matter what political side you’re on, when a former president passes away, the country mourns,” he said.
Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said that aside from his achievements, Aquino will be remembered as part of the family that “contributed three important people to the history of our nation.”
Edwin Lacierda, who served as Aquino’s spokesperson during his tenure, admitted he was shocked upon hearing the news.
Lacierda shared to AdChoiceTV News what it was like to work under the Aquino administration, and reminisced about the legacy the latter would be leaving behind.
“He tried his very best to attain all the objectives that he promised from the beginning,” Lacierda said. “Marami siyang legacy in terms of governance.”
Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, meanwhile, put a spotlight on the measures Aquino had passed during his presidency, including the Reproductive Health Law.
“[He] put aside partisanship when he endorsed and approved the foregoing laws notwithstanding the fact that I was their principal author representing the opposition,” Lagman said.
Netizens and even business sectors and celebrities also took to social media to pay their respects to Aquino — who served as the nation’s 15th president from 2010 to 2016.
/ITC — AdChoiceTV News (Manila)