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    Aquino family issues statement on PNoy’s death

    MANILA, Philippines – The family of former President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III confirmed the passing of their only brother during a media briefing on Thursday, June 24 at the Heritage Memorial Park.

    Aquino’s sisters Ballsy Aquino-Cruz, Pinky Aquino- Abellada, Viel Aquino-Dee and Kris Aquino confirmed the cause of his death as renal disease secondary to diabetes.

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    “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 6:30 a.m. due to renal disease secondary to diabetes,” Abellada told the media.

    “Masakit po para sa amin na tahimik niyang tinanggap ang mga batikos, na sa aming magkakapatid nang sinabihan namen siyang magsalita at labanan ang mga maling haka-haka. Simple lang ang sagot niya sa amin. Kaya pa niyang matulog sa gabi,” Abellada said, reading the family’s official statement.

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    The family also revealed that the former head of the country had been in and out of the hospital even before the pandemic started.

    In their statement, the family also thanked the former president’s medical team, priests and nuns, household staff and friends who supported him while he was battling several ailments. His sisters also acknowledged voters who elected him as congressman, senator and as the 15th President of the Philippines.

    “Mission accomplished ka, Noy. Be happy now with Dad and Mom. We love you and we are so blessed to have had the privilege to have had you as our brother. We will miss you forever, Noy,” the family said in a statement.

    Posted by Kris Aquino on Thursday, June 24, 2021

    Aquino, the president of the Philippines from 2010 to 2016, was the son of democratic icons former Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino and former President Corazon Aquino. After serving as the Congressman of the second district of Tarlac from 1998 to 2007 and as the Senator of the Philippines from 2007 to 2010, Aquino won the 2010 Presidential elections by landslide.

    — Mini, The Summit Express

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