Benigno Aquino III

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Philippines Benigno Aquino III

Benigno Aquino III also known as Noynoy Aquino (February 8, 1960 – June 24, 2021) was the 15th president of the Philippines.


  • We also know that excellent public servants do not just transform a society; they inspire. Millions of Filipinos grieved when Jesse Robredo passed. For almost two decades, he served and led Naga with skill, compassion, and humility. These principles of his are the exact reasons we borrowed him from Congresswoman Leni and their three children, and from the Nagueños, so that he could become part of our Cabinet. This is why one of the hardest things I ever had to do as President was to deliver the news to Leni and their daughters, after the tragedy.
    • 2013 State of The Nation Address, Philippines
  • Apart from grieving, I could not avoid blaming myself for what happened to Jesse. Maybe if I had not asked him to join my Cabinet, he would still be alive today. Maybe if he had remained in Naga, he would still be with us. Maybe there would still be a Jesse Robredo in public service today.
    • 2013 State of The Nation Address, Philippines
  • But I also know that Jesse would not allow the transformation and righting of society to end with him. Jesse and I were only given opportunities to serve the country because of all of you. We cannot have just one face for transformation and change. We should not have to wait another hundred years before the next good citizen is born, before the next good Filipino rises to the occasion.
    • 2013 State of The Nation Address, Philippines
  • At what point do you say, ‘Enough is enough’? Well, the world has to say it — remember that the Sudetenland was given in an attempt to appease Hitler to prevent World War II.
  • Then, President Cory passed away, and Senator Noynoy spoke at her funeral. That is when we truly saw him.
    • 2015 State of The Nation Address, Philippines

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