I join the Filipino nation in grieving the passing of former President Benigno Aquino III.

I may have missed the opportunity to serve under his administration, but our close acquaintance during the presidency of his mother, President Cory, revealed the person in him which he exhibited throughout his term as President of the Republic.

Noynoy was simple, straightforward and pragmatic. His exercise of prudence in public spending was a mark of the person and the legacy of his administration.

The Filipino people will not forget a great President in Noynoy.

My condolences to the Aquino family.

SILVESTRE H. BELLO III