US President Biden offers condolences on the death of “precious friend” Noynoy Aquino


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FILE PHOTO: United States President Joe Biden. AFP (Photo by POOL / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)

MANILA, Philippines – United States President Joe Biden offered his condolences to the Philippines on the passing of former President Benigno S. Aquino III, whom he called a “precious friend and partner” to Washington.

“I offer my deepest condolences to the Filipino people on the passing of former President Benigno“ Noynoy ”Aquino III. He was a valued friend and partner of the United States, and will long be remembered for serving his country with integrity and selfless dedication, ”Biden said in a White House statement Friday.

Aquino’s “unwavering commitment to advancing peace, upholding the rule of law, and stimulating economic growth for all Filipinos, while taking bold steps to advance the rules-based international order.” , will leave a “remarkable legacy at home and abroad that will last for years. to come.”

“I very much appreciated the time we spent working together and I offer my sincere condolences to his family and to all those who will mourn his absence,” added the American leader.

Biden was Vice President in the Obama administration from 2009 to 2017. Aquino was President of the Republic of the Philippines from 2010 to 2016.

Aquino died in his sleep Thursday morning from kidney disease secondary to diabetes, according to his sisters. He was 61 years old.

Aquino was the only child of the icons of democracy – the assassinated former Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. and former President Corazon Aquino. He is survived by the sisters Ballsy, Pinky, Viel and Kris.

READ: “Mission accomplished, Noy”: PH mourns “man of honor”

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Kevin E. Boling