UNITED States President Joe Biden extended his deepest condolences to the Filipino people for the passing of former President Benigno Aquino III.
Aquino died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday morning due to renal failure secondary to diabetes.
“I extend my deepest condolences to the people of the Philippines on the death of former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III,” Biden said in a statement.
Biden said Aquino 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.
“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,” the statement said.
The US President added “I greatly valued our time working together, and I extend my heartfelt sympathies to his family and to all who will mourn his absence.”
Aquino stirred the Philippine economy to consistent and stable growth during his administration from 2010 to 2016.
Growth of the gross domestic product (GDP) grew at an average of 6 percent during his presidency which was considered the highest since the 1970s.
It was also during his term that the Philippines brought and won the case on the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) against China’s excessive nine-dash line claims in The Hague, earning the Philippines “international respect.”