[Y-SPACE] Remembering the Leadership of PNoy
By Mhicole Moral
Photo edited by Mitch Costales
On the morning of June 24, 2021, the Philippines was rocked by the news that former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III had died at the age of 61.
Following a landslide election in 2010, Aquino became the leader of a country beset by rampant corruption and poverty.
Aquino was known for enacting significant economic reforms and seeking to eradicate corruption. He ignited the Philippine economy to steady and sustained development during his 6-year administration from 2010 to 2016.
The controversial yet brave RH Law was passed during the Aquino administration in 2012. The law made sexual and reproductive healthcare services and rights universally accessible to Filipinos. Despite opposition from various personalities and churches, the population in the Philippines was regulated and women are being helped.
“Former president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III defended the cause of Filipino families by championing reproductive health in the country,” the Commission on Population and Development said.
The former Philippine President was also known as the leader who dragged the giant China to international court over the West Philippine Sea. In July 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration decided in favor of the Philippines.
The former administration may not be perfect, but Aquino’s love for democracy resonates with Filipinos who respect and love freedom. Regardless of politics and rivalry, his death will never conclude the deeds he contributed to the Philippines.
Mhicole Moral, 21, is a Communication student of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila.
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