OPM veteran Ogie Alcasid took to social media to pay tribute to the late Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, who passed away early Thursday, June 24, at the age of 61.
The former Philippine president, who served as a groomsman during Ogie's 2010 wedding to singer Regine Velasquez, passed on due to renal disease, secondary to diabetes, according to an official statement released by the Aquino family hours after his death.
Sharing a photo of himself with his wife and Noynoy during their Batangas wedding, Ogie mourned the death of the former president, whom he described as a friend.
"Si Pnoy ay naging abay sa aming kasal at magmula noo’y nabuo ang isang pagkakaibigang tunay at tapat. Napakaraming salu salo na nauuwi sa kantahan sapagka’t napakahilig niya sa musika. Kapag nabibisita namin siya ay laging nagpapatugtog ng mga paborito niyang CD," the singer-songwriter began.
"Sa mga nagdaang taon, walang patid ang kumustahan sa text lalo na tuwing may espesyal na okasyon. Noong pumanaw ang aking ama, isa sya sa 'di nakalimot na mag-abot ng pakikiramay. Nitong mga huling araw ay tuloy pa rin ang aming komunikasyon," he said.
In their official statement, Aquino sisters Ballsy, Viel, Pinky, and Kris revealed that even before start of the COVID-19 pandemic, their brother had already been in and out of the hospital due to his illness.
To end his post, Ogie said he was lucky to have been called a friend by Noynoy.
"Labis na labis ang kalungkutang bumabalot sa akin sa iyong pagpanaw sir Pnoy. Napakapalad ko sir Pnoy na ako ay tinawag mong kaibigan. Pahinga na po kayo sir. Mahal ka namin," he said.
The "Ikaw Sana" hitmaker also extended his condolences to the Aquino sisters—particularly his "kumare" Kris—and the whole Cojuangco-Aquino clan.
Aside from Ogie, his wife Regine also took to social media to mourn the death of the former president.
Noynoy served as the 15th president of the Philippines from 2010 to 2016. He was succeeded by current president Rodrigo "Digong" Roa Duterte.
Noynoy was the only son of slain senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. and former Philippine president Corazon "Cory" Aquino.