“I extend my deepest condolences to the people of the Philippines on the death of former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III,” United States President Joe Biden said in a statement.
Biden was US Vice President, from 2009 to 2017, when Aquino was Philippine President from 2010 to 2016.
“He was a valued friend and partner to the United States, and he will long be remembered for serving his country with integrity and selfless dedication. President Aquino’s steadfast commitment to advancing peace, upholding the rule of law, and driving economic growth for all Filipinos, while taking bold steps to promote the rules-based international order, leaves a remarkable legacy at home and abroad that will endure for years to come,” Biden said.
“I greatly valued our time working together, and I extend my heartfelt sympathies to his family and to all who will mourn his absence,” the US President said.