‘We felt like deadly virus’: Aquino sister Ballsy thanks ‘genuine friends’ who stayed

Ballsy Aquino Cruz speaks during the death anniversary of her brother, former President Noynoy Aquino III.

Aquino-Cruz thanked those who attended the Holy Mass, recalling how former President Aquino was known to refer to the public as his “bosses.”

“Kayong mga minsa’y pinagsilbihan ni Noynoy na naririto ngayon para gunitain ang anibersaryo ng kanyang pagsakabilang buhay, kayo ang tunay na mga kaibigan,” she said.

(Those of you who Noynoy served once and are here today to commemorate his death anniversary, you are the real friends.)

“Wala pang naiimbentong pang-uri para maisalarawan sa inyo ang galak ng aming mga puso sa pakikiisa nyo sa amin,” she added.

(The word to describe our joy at being with you hasn’t been invented yet.)

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Aquino-Cruz likewise recalled how their “hearts fell apart” when her brother passed away in 2021.

“A year ago, our hearts fell apart when Noynoy breathed his last. But we returned him to our Creator with gratitude for the blessing that he was—a simple, honest, self-effacing, and decent Filipino who gave his all without fanfare when he was tasked to serve his bosses,” Aquino-Cruz further said.

Ex-President Noynoy Aquino's sister, Ballsy Aquino-Cruz: Our family's story has been compared to a roller coaster many times. We have had lots of highs and probably an equal number of lows. pic.twitter.com/2fsprDVMee

— Neil Arwin Mercado (@NAMercadoINQ) June 24, 2022