Goodbye Noynoy: Remembering President Benigno Aquino III's Six-Year Legacy
When former President Benigno "PNoy" Aquino III took oath at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila, the tagline "Kayo ang boss ko" (you are my boss) resounded throughout the country like a record willingly played by those who believed in him. Born into a family of politicians, PNoy had a firm, commanding demeanour with a touch of gentleness— traits he must have gotten from his parents.
He is the son of the late Sen. Benigno Simeon "Ninoy" Aquino Jr, who challenged the Marcoses at the height of their power. He is also the son of the late Corazon "Cory" Cojuangco Aquino, the first female president in Asia, who swept into the Malacañan Palace, restoring democracy in the county.
Following Cory's death in 2009, PNoy has officially announced his desire to run for office. Determined to preserve the legacy left by his parents, he tirelessly campaigned against corruption and poverty.
In June 2010, President Aquino won a landslide victory and the rest, they say, is history.
PNoy has had a solid economic record. Between January and November of 2014, the inflow of foreign direct investments (FDI) reached $5.7 billion, a 60 per cent increase compared to 2013. The economy was also reported to have increased by 6.1 per cent in 2014.
According to a Manila Times report, despite being slower than the 7.2 growth in 2013, and short of the government's 6.5 to 7.5 target, this is the second-fastest record in Asia during that period.
Campaign Against Corruption
In his goal to curb corruption, PNoy has set up the now-defunct Philippine Truth Commission (PTC) in 2010. The agency investigates reports on large scale grafts in the country. It also seeks to put closure by filling appropriate cases against people involved.
The Commission, which was supposed to probe tramped up corruption charges against the Arroyo administration, never came to be after the Supreme Court ruled it to be unconstitutional in the same year.
Take On Reproductive Health
Among the many progressive laws signed under PNoy's administration is the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012. The law provides universal access to methods on contraception, fertility control, sexual education, and maternal care in the country.
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PNoy Passes Away
On the morning of 24 June 2021, the Philippines was rattled by the news that its former leader has met his demise at 61. The information was first confirmed by his ally former Interior secretary Manuel Roxas II in a statement. "PNoy RIP (rest in peace). [He] was rushed to the hospital early this morning and passed after efforts to revive failed. Please pray for him. Salamat (Thank you)," Roxas said.
According to sources, PNoy was brought to the Capital Medical Center in Quezon City early Thursday for reasons that his loved ones have yet to disclose.
Tatler Philippines sends its deepest condolences to the bereaved family and supporters of PNoy.