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.