MANILA, Philippines — The Aquino family on Thursday afternoon (June 24) released their statement on the death of former President Benigno S. Aquino III.
Read by the former president’s sister, Pinky Aquino-Abellada who was accompanied by her three other sisters, Ballsy Aquino-Cruz, Viel Aquino-Dee, and Kris Aquino, the family thanked the public for its support to their brother from the very start of his political career.
“It is with profound grief that on behalf of our family, I am confirming that our brother, Benigno “Noynoy” S. Aquino III died peacefully in his sleep. His death certificate pronounced his death at 6:30am due to Renal Disease secondary to diabetes,” Pinky said.
“No words can express how broken our hearts are and how long it will take for us to accept the reality that he is gone,” she continued.
Looking back, Pinky read how her brother took on the challenges of being the country’s leader.
“Kagaya ng serbisyong binigay niya sa bayan – hindi maingay, trabahong galing sa puso – dahil alam niya kayo ang boss niya. Kaya nga nakilala siya bilang si PNoy dahil ayaw niyang maramdaman na dapat siyang bigyan ng kakaibang pansin. Hangarin niyang hindi mapahiya sa inyo dahil sa paghikayat na mahirap man pero tama na sundin ang daang matuwid. Nagawa niya ang lahat ng yon,” the statement said.
Pinky continued that much as they persuaded their brother to speak up and fight those who spread malicious issues, she said that PNoy will just say that he can still sleep at night.
“Masakit para sa amin na tahimik niyang tinanggap ang mga batikos. Natatak sa aming magkakapatid na noong sinabihan naming siyang magsalita at labanan ang mga maling haka-haka, simple ang sinagot niya – kaya pa niyang matulog sa gabi,” Pinky read.
The former presidential sister also recounted how her brother faced the investigation and accusations thrown at him at the Sandiganbayan and the Senate in 2017 and in Congress in 2018.
“Because when you enter public service, when you serve with honesty and dignity, and you know you have committed no crime against the people, hindi ka matatakot magsabi ng totoo,” Pinky read on.
The Aquino family also mentioned how the former chief executive kept his life private after his presidency ended.
“Bago pa man ang pandemic, labas-masok na siya sa ospital. Nais naming magpasalamat sa lahat ng mga duktor, at sa buong medical team na nag-alaga sa kapatid namin. Naramdaman naming bilang mga kapatid niya, na they did everything to make him comfortable. They became passionate friends who gave him true respect by valuing and protecting his privacy,” the statement said.
Aside from thanking the medical team who took care of the former president during his health ordeal, the family also expressed their gratitude to the Filipino people who supported him in his political career.
“And sa 15.2 million Filipinos na nagtiwala sa kanya nung 2010 at binigay ang pinakamalaking karangalan na pwedeng maipagkaloob sa kahit na sinong Pilipino – habang buhay naming tatanawin na utang na loob yung naibigay ninyo sa aming kapatid. Maraming salamat,” the Aquino family said. —/mbmf