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World leaders mourn the death of Noynoy Aquino

By CAMILLE SANTIAGO Published Jun 24, 2021 3:04 pm Updated Jun 25, 2021 9:13 pm

Various world leaders offered their condolences following the death of Philippines' former president Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III.

Aquino died on Thursday, June 24 at the age of 61.

The EU Delegation in Manila shared photos of the late president during his visit to Brussels in 2014. "We mourn a friend who pushed for deepening of our relations," they tweeted.

British Ambassador to the Philippines Daniel Pruce extended his condolences to Aquino's relatives and the "people of the Philippines."

US Embassy in Manila Chargé d’Affaires John Law also tweeted to honor the late president Noynoy Aquino. "On behalf of the U.S. Embassy, I offer our deepest condolences to former President Benigno Aquino III’s family and loved ones at this heartbreaking time. We are saddened by President Aquino’s passing and will always be thankful for our partnership," he said.

The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Philippines extended its "heartfelt condolences" to the family of PNoy. In a Facebook post, the German Embassy to the Philippines also noted former president Aquino's notable works, saying, "As a great friend of Germany, his official state visit in the Federal Republic of Germany in September 2014 marked an important milestone in intensifying German-Philippine relations."

US President Joe Biden released a statement in honor of the late president Aquino. "He was a valued friend and partner to the United States, and he will long be remembered for serving his country with integrity and selfless dedication," Biden wrote. "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. I greatly valued our time working together, and I extend my heartfelt sympathies to his family and to all who will mourn his absence."

The Amir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani also sent his condolences through President Rodrigo Duterte on the death of the former Filipino president.

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, meanwhile, recalled how he worked together with Aquino to strengthen the ties between the Philippines and Singapore, and to advance regional cooperation in ASEAN and APEC. "President Aquino had a lifetime of illustrious public service," Lee said in a Facebook post. "He felt a strong obligation to serve, especially due to his family history–both his parents were prominent political icons in the country. As President, he brought stability and rapid economic progress to the Philippines, and pursued policies that improved the lives and well-being of his fellow countrymen. My heart goes out to his family, and to the Filipino people. His passing is a great loss to the Philippines."

Photo from Joey Mendoza