MANILA (UPDATE) - Metro Manila mayors on Thursday joined a chorus of condolences following the death of former President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III.
In a statement, Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso hailed Aquino's leadership and humility that he said may inspire others.
"As the leader of our nation, we knew him as 'PNoy.' He championed good governance reforms that promoted efficiency and reduced opportunities for corruption. The Philippines was cited as the fastest-growing economy in Asia during his administration," he said.
The Manila mayor also called Aquino, the son of democracy icons, "a pragmatic man who did the best with the cards that life had dealt him."
"He inspired us with his unexpected humility. May his legacy continue to lead others to the right path," he said.
Moreno ordered flags in the city to be flown at half-mast.
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte reminisced how their families bonded over the years, noting that her mother the late Betty Go-Belmonte was a "very close friend" of the Aquino matriarch, former President Corazon "Cory" Aquino.
"That friendship extended to other family members of our respective families, and grew over time," Belmonte said.
"Whether on the public stage or away from the cameras, PNoy's passion for shared progress and his sincere desire for a better Philippines was evident. More importantly, he did his very best to translate this vision into action," she said.
"I hope that his brand of leadership inspires us all to rise up from the effects of the pandemic, and to emerge as better, more responsible citizens," she said.
San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora said he was able to experience Aquino's brand of leadership when he was still working as the city's vice mayor.
"PNoy served our country well as the 15th president... Thank you very much PNoy for your service to the Filipino people," he said.
Navotas Mayor Toby Tiangco condoled with the Aquino family, and prayed for the eternal repose of the sould of the late chief executive.
"Alam nating mahirap ang mawalan ng mahal sa buhay. Dalangin nating maibsan ng pagmamahal at suporta ang kalungkutang nadarama ngayon ng kanyang mga naiwan," he said in a tweet.
Aquino died on Thursday at the age of 61, his sister Aurora Corazon "Pinky" Aquino-Abellada said.
The former President died in his sleep and was pronounced dead at 6:30 a.m. "due to renal disease secondary to diabetes," she said.