Dingdong Dantes paid tribute to former President Noynoy Aquino, who passed away during the morning of June 24, Thursday. According to the official statement of the Aquino family, he died "at 6:30 a.m due to renal disease secondary to diabetes." He was 61.
Dingdong took to Instagram to honor the late ex-president, remembering how he had the opportunity to work with him on two occasions. In 2014, Dingdong was appointed as the commissioner-at-large of the National Youth Commission, and in 2015, he worked directly with Noynoy for the 2015 Paris Climate Change Conference.
"President Noy was a champion of youth development. He headed the Philippine Delegation in the monumental 2015 Paris Climate Change Conference, where we presented the Filipinos’ pledge and call for urgent global climate [solutions] as part of the youth-led #NowPH movement. He also institutionalized November 25 of every year as the 'National Day for Youth in Climate Action.'"
"He selflessly dedicated his life to public service and was a formidable beacon of uprightness and incorruptibility during his administration. But I am truly grateful that I had the opportunity to know him beyond work. Because behind that seat of power was a simple man, who beams with humility, inspiration, and hope for the country."
"I cannot thank him enough for the trust and confidence that he bestowed on me. And I am truly honored to have served the Filipino Youth under his leadership."
"He will be in our prayers, and we will always be deeply thankful for his service to the nation and to this generation. We know that He has seen his good work and that he is already with Him, resting in heaven’s glory. #SalamatPnoy"
According to a report by Inquirer, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. confirmed that even before Noynoy became President, he and Dingdong already shared a friendship.