Foreign diplomats pay tribute to former President Aquino

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Former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III earned significant respect and support from the international community after he stood up to China and oversaw drastic economic growth in the country. In his death, foreign diplomats honor his legacy and pay their respects to his family.

Noynoy Aquino, who served from 2010 to 2016, “died peacefully in his sleep” on Thursday (June 24) at the age of 61 after being hospitalized at the Capitol Medical Center in Quezon City due to renal disease secondary to diabetes.

Philippines President Benigno Aquino delivers remarks to the media after meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama alongside the APEC summit in Manila, Philippines, November 18, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
FILE PHOTO: President Benigno Aquino delivers remarks to the media after meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama alongside the APEC summit in Manila, Philippines, November 18, 2015. (Source: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

Here are some of their tributes.

Australia

“We offer our condolences to the family of former President Benigno S. Aquino III and to the Filipino people. While the Philippines mourns his loss, we remember fondly his State Visit to Australia in 2012 and the legacy of partnership and bayanihan we shared.”

— Amb. Steven J. Robinson, Australian Ambassador to the Philippines

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Czech Republic

“The Czech Embassy Manila wishes to express its deepest condolences to the Filipino people and to the bereaved family of the late former President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III.”

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European Union

“The EU Delegation and family in Manila express their condolences to the Aquino family and the whole nation on the passing of former President Benigno Noynoy Aquino III.”

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France

“The Embassy of France expresses its deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy to the Filipino people and to the family, friends, and colleagues of former President of the Republic of the Philippines, Mr. Benigno S. Aquino III.”

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Germany

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.

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Malaysia

“The Embassy of Malaysia is deeply saddened by the demise of His Excellency Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino, III the 15th President of the Republic of the Philippines.”

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Norway

“On behalf of the Norwegian Embassy in Manila I offer our deepest condolences to former President Benigno Aquino III’s family and loved ones at this difficult time. We are saddened by President Aquino’s passing and will always be thankful for our partnership.”

—Ambassador Bjørn Jahnsen, Norwegian Ambassador to the Philippines

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Sri Lanka

“The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Manila wishes to convey our deepest condolences on the demise of H.E. Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, former President of the Republic of the Philippines. During this time of grief, our thoughts and prayers are with the late former President’s family, the government and people of the Philippines.”

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Sweden

“The Swedish Embassy in Manila wishes to express its deepest condolences to the Filipino people and to the bereaved family of the late former President Benigno Simeon Aquino III.”

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Spain

"The Embassy of Spain in the Philippines expresses its deep sorrow on the passing away of former President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III. We send our condolences to his family, friends and to the whole Filipino people. May he rest in peace."

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Switzerland

"The Embassy of Switzerland in the Philippines wishes to express its sincere condolences to the Filipino people and the family of former President of the Republic of the Philippines, Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

President Aquino had the opportunity to visit Switzerland in 2013 for the World Economic Forum held in Davos, the annual gathering of government and private sector leaders who come together to discuss global issues.”

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United Kingdom

“I’m extremely saddened by the passing of former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III. My deepest condolences to his loved ones and to the people of the Philippines.”

—Amb. Daniel Pruce, British Ambassador to the Philippines and to Palau

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United States

“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.”

—Chargé d’Affaires John Law, Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines

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In a statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Aquino "left a remarkable legacy on our country's foreign policy and national history." 

The agency highlighted how he "elevated the country's conduct of foreign relations, steered foreign policy towards a principled direction that earned international respect and esteem, and invigorated the foreign service with a collective sense of patriotism, commitment to service, and professionalism."

Ana Catalina Paje is a development journalist passionate about grassroots communication geared towards genuine social change. She also writes about showbiz, lifestyle, and all things Pinoy pride. The views expressed are her own.

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