Former President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III died this morning at the Capitol Medical Center. Former Undersecretary Abigail Valte will make a formal announcement.
“P-Noy was rushed to hospital early this morning and efforts to revive him failed. Please pray for him. Salamat,” former senator Mar Roxas said.
“No matter what political side you’re on, when a former president passes away, the country mourns,” Senate President Vicente Sotto III said.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr., who is a close friend of the Aquinos, also expressed his grief on the death of Aquino.
“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—their mother and of our restored democracy (without her none in power yesterday and today would be),” Locsin said on Twitter.
“She created the democratic space that made it possible. 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,” Locsin added.