Former president Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III has passed away at 61 years old due to kidney disease, a complication of his diabetes. ABS-CBN reports that on June 24, his youngest sister Kris Aquino gave an emotional address to the media while at the Heritage Memorial Park in Taguig.
She talked about reconciling with her older brother before his passing: "God blessed me, because we made our peace. That is private. I would like to keep that for myself. But I am so grateful na binigay iyon sa akin."
Kris added: "Nagpapasalamat ako na napatawad ako at minahal ako, and to the end, ang tinuring niya sa akin ay ako ang kaniyang bunso. And pinangako ko sa kanya [na] gagawin ko ang lahat to just be even one percent of what he is as a man and as a Filipino. Maraming-maraming salamat sa pagmamahal na binigay niyo sa kanya."
Noynoy and Kris Aquino's relationship
Kris has been open about her "complicated relationship" with her brother, which lasted for several years. In July 2018, she talked about them not being on good terms for three months, adding that it was her fault and that she had hurt him. She said the situation had affected her children, especially her eldest son Josh, who was very close to PNoy. She uploaded a photo of Josh at the hospital with his uncle and said she reached out to her brother for Josh's sake: "My son needed him—the ONLY constant male figure in his life."
In February 2020, the siblings reunited when they attended a family friend's wedding. Kris posted a video on Instagram, writing in the caption: "Ako ang nakababata, kaya noong 'peace be with you' ako ang lumapit...ninerbyos ang aking bunso, si kuya sobrang na-happy. Hindi pinilit, pero answered prayer para sa mga sisters namin. In God's time, nabuo kaming muli...ito po ang totoong pamilya."
PNoy will be buried beside his parents, former senator Ninoy Aquino and former president Cory Aquino, on June 26 at the Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque.
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