Aquino family: Ex-Pres. Noynoy to be buried at Manila Memorial Park on Saturday

Robie de Guzman   •   June 24, 2021   •   455

 

MANILA, Philippines — The remains of former President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III will be buried at the Manila Memorial Park on Saturday, his younger sister, Kris, told media on Thursday.

She said the remains of the late leader have already been cremated.

Kris said a mass would be held for Aquino at the Ateneo on Friday.

“The cremation is already finished and tomorrow, we will have a mass in Ateneo for him,” she said.

“On Saturday, we will bury him beside our parents in Manila Memorial. Ganun kasimple lang,” she added.

Malacañang earlier said that as a former head of state, Aquino’s remains may be interred at the Libingan ng mga Bayani depending on the decision of his family.

Kris said they will only hold simple rites for his brother and asked for the understanding of the public, especially from their supporters, as they want to avoid any super spreader event amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Hindi namin ipinagdadamot sa mga tao, dahil alam naming maraming nagmamahal at sumuporta kay Noy,” she said.

“Sana maintindihan ninyo na we did not think it would happen this soon and we are just trying our best na hindi magkaroon ng super spreader event,” she added.

Aquino passed away early Thursday due to renal disease secondary to diabetes. He was 61.

Biden extends condolences to the Filipino people on the passing ex-president Noynoy Aquino

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 25, 2021

United States (US) President Joe Biden extended his condolences to the Filipino people on the passing of former President Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III.

In a statement, Biden said Aquino was a valued friend and partner to the United States. He added that Aquino  served the Philippines with integrity and selfless dedication.

“President Aquino’s steadfast commitment to advancing peace, upholding the rule of law, and driving economic growth for all Filipinos, while taking bold steps to promote the rules-based international order, leaves a remarkable legacy at home and abroad that will endure for years to come,” he said.

The US President also extended his heartfelt sympathies toAquino’s family and to all who will mourn his absence. AAC

Bangsamoro gov’t thanks Aquino admin for peace efforts in Mindanao

Robie de Guzman   •   June 25, 2021

The government of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) said it is “forever grateful” to the administration of former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III for its efforts to promote peace in Mindanao as it expressed sadness over the demise of the former leader.

“The Bangsamoro Government joins the entire country in mourning the death of former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino who passed away today, June 24,” BARMM chief minister Ahod Ebrahim said in a statement.

“We are forever grateful for his administration’s efforts in revitalizing the peace talks and their help in laying the groundwork for lasting peace in Mindanao,” he added.

Ebrahim said Aquino played a vital role in the Bangsamoro peace process and remembered his administration’s sincerity when they met in Narita, Japan on August 4, 2011 for peace negotiations between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

“Because of the confidence by both parties in the peace process during his term, we saw the eventual signing of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro – documents that would pave way to the foundations of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao,” he said.

The peace pact, which was seen as the solution to the decades-long Muslim insurgency in Mindanao, was regarded as among Aquino’s legacy during his presidency from 2010 to 2016.

Ebrahim also remembered Aquino’s “commitment to fight corruption and just like his parents, his unwavering commitment to democracy.”

Noynoy is the son of Philippine democracy icons, former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino and former President Corazon “Cory” Aquino.

He served as the 15th President of the Philippines from 2010 to 2016.

He passed away in his sleep on Thursday morning due to renal disease secondary to diabetes, his family said.

“Our thoughts go out to his family, friends, and to the rest of the country during this difficult loss,” Ebrahim said.

PH Supreme Court orders flags in courthouses at half-mast to honor Aquino

Robie de Guzman   •   June 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday ordered courthouses across the country to lower all flags at half-staff to honor the late former President Benigno Aquino III.

“The Supreme Court of the Philippines orders all flags in courthouses nationwide be flown at half-mast beginning today in view of the passing of former President Benigno Simeon Aquino III,” the SC Public Information Office said.

Three of the 14 incumbent SC justices – Estela Perlas Bernabe, Marvic Leonen, and Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa – were appointed by Aquino when he served as the country’s president from 2010 to 2016.

Aquino passed away Thursday morning at the age of 61.

His family said Aquino died “peacefully in his sleep” at 6:30 a.m. from renal disease secondary to diabetes.

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