'A Kind and Simple Soul': Imee Marcos Condoles with Aquinos over Noynoy's Death

Marcos remembers her former colleague.
Photo/s: Imee Marcos/Facebook

(UPDATE) Sen. Imee Marcos on Thursday offered her condolences to the Aquino family over the passing of former President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, whom she described as a "kind and simple soul."

"My heartfelt condolences to the family of former President Benigno C. Aquino III, a 'classmate' in Congress from 1998 to 2007," Marcos said in a statement after news of Aquino's death broke out.

"I will always treasure the memories of our long years together as freshmen legislators and members of a tiny opposition. For beyond politics and much public acrimony, I knew Noynoy as a kind and simple soul. He will be deeply missed," she added.

The Aquino family has yet to make an official statement on the former President's death as of writing.

The Marcos and Aquino families had a long history of rivalry during the presidency of Ferdinand Marcos. Aquino's father, former Sen. Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr., was a staunch critic for the late strongman.

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Ninoy's assassination in 1983 sparked various protests which led to the historic EDSA People Power Revolution three years later, and catapaulted his widow, former President Corazon Aquino to the presidency.

The bloodless revolt also put an end to Marcos' two-decade rule.

Senators offer condolences

Senators also mourned the passing of Aquino, who served in the chamber from 2007 prior to becoming chief executive in 2010.

"No matter what political side you're on, when a former president passes away, the country mourns," Senate President Vicente Sotto III said.

Sotto also ordered the Philippine flag in the Senate to be placed on half-mast in light of Aquino's death.

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, who served as Senate President during Aquino's presidency, said the country lost "a gentleman who served his country well --- with all honesty and sincerity and with the purest of intentions" with his passing.

"I am thankful for the opportunity of having worked with PNoy during his Presidency. He meant well and wanted the best for the country and for all of us," he said.

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Sen. Panfilo Lacson said it was a privilege to have served with Aquino both in the Senate and in the executive department. Aquino appointed Lacson as Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda in 2013.

"He served his country very well with humility, honor and integrity," Lacson said.

For his part, Liberal Party president Sen. Francis Pangilinan said Aquino's death was "heartbreaking."

"Mahapdi at malungkot man isipin na isang malaking haligi ng ating demokrasya and natumba ngunit sumisibol na at sisibol pa ang mas marami pang magiging haligi ng ating demokrasya dahil na rin sa kanyang simulain at simulain din ng kanyang mga magulang," he added.

Senators Ralph Rector, Grace Poe, Sonny Angara, Joel Villanueva, and Manny Pacquiao also mourned the passing of the former president as they remembered his leadership, legacy and dedication to the Filipino people.

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