Kris Aquino spoke out about their family’s decision to keep the passing of her brother, former Philippine president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III or PNoy, on Thursday, June 24, as private as possible.
The actress explained to the press that evening that they could have chosen to have a state funeral inside the Malacañang Palace as a privilege given to politicians like PNoy — who also served as a congressman and a senator before becoming the head of state — but their family deemed it could possibly turn into a “super spreader event” in this current pandemic.
“Because of the current pandemic situation, we are doing this as private as possible. Hindi namin pinagdadamot sa mga tao, dahil alam namin na marami ang mga nagmahal at sumorta kay Noy,” said Kris.
She announced this after the remains of PNoy were cremated and shared that a mass will be held for him at his alma mater Ateneo de Manila University, where the public will also be given a chance to pay their respects for only an hour today, June 25. PNoy will be laid to rest beside their parents, former president Corazon “Cory Aquino” and former senator Benigno Simeon "Ninoy" Aquino Jr. at the Manila Memorial Park.
“Gano’n ka-simple lang, sana maintindihan ninyo na we did not think it would happen this soon. We are just trying our best na hindi magkaroon ng super spreader event,” said Kris.
The youngest Aquino sibling then thanked those who have sent their condolences to their family, including the mayors, governors, all the establishments that lowered the Philippine flag to half-mast, and even President Rodrigo Duterte.
“We would have wanted so much more for our brother. Maraming salamat sa Malacañang dahil nag-reach out sila. Maraming salamat kay Presidente Duterte dun sa kanyang… nararamdaman namin na sinseridad sa pagco-condole sa pamilya namin,” she said.
Kris then ended her public message by saying none of them expected PNoy's demise to happen “this soon” and without revealing much, she addressed the past misunderstanding she’s had with her brother.
“The rest of the plans ay, ‘yon pa lang ang napag-uusapan namin, pasensya na, na hindi talaga namin ito inaakalang mangyayari, nagulat talaga kaming lahat. The only thing I can say and this is the only thing I will say. God blessed me because we made our peace, May 8. But that is private,” she said.
She continued, “And I would like to keep that for myself, but I am so grateful na binigay ‘yon sa akin. At nagpapasalamat ako na napatawad ako at minahal ako. And to the end, ang tinuring niya sa akin ay ako ang kanyang bunso.”
Before leaving, she told everyone the promise she gave PNoy before he passed. “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.”
PNoy died peacefully in his sleep due to renal disease secondary to diabetes.
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