US-ASEAN Business Council Mourns Former President of the Philippines Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino II

(Washington, DC). The Board of Directors, members, and staff of the US-ASEAN Business Council offer their sincere condolences to the Aquino family, the Philippine government, and the people of the Philippines on the passing of former President of the Philippines, Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III. Former President Aquino passed earlier this morning at age 61.

“Former President Aquino was a true friend of the United States and the Council, and I am deeply saddened by the news of his passing,” said Alexander Feldman, President & CEO of the US-ASEAN Business Council. “Former President Aquino always made time for the Council and the American business community,” Feldman continued. “I have fond memories of hosting meetings and meals with him in Chicago, New York, and Washington, DC and meeting with him at the Malacañan Palace in the Philippines on a number of occasions. I was honored to be one of his guests during the State Dinner he hosted for President Obama in 2014 where he clearly demonstrated why it is ‘more fun in the Philippines’ through a rich variety of Filipino singers and dancers who performed throughout the dinner. In a personal touch, three of President Aquino’s cabinet members sang one of President Obama’s favorite Motown hits. Over the course of his decades in public service, former President Aquino worked tirelessly to improve the lives of everyday Filipinos and as President succeeded in putting the Philippines back on the map economically.”

Former President Aquino served as the fifteenth President of the Philippines from 2010 to 2016. During his tenure as president, Aquino transformed the Philippines’s economic story into one of success, good governance, and inclusive growth. He began his political career in 1998 in the House of Representatives of the Philippines and served as Deputy Speaker before winning election to the Philippine Senate.

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For over 35 years, the US-ASEAN Business Council has been the premier advocacy organization for US corporations operating within the dynamic Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Worldwide, the Council's membership, more than 160 companies, generate over $6 trillion in revenue and employ more than 13 million people globally. Members include the largest US companies conducting business in ASEAN, and range from newcomers to the region to companies that have been working in Southeast Asia for over 100 years. The Council has offices in: Washington, DC; New York, NY; Bangkok, Thailand; Hanoi, Vietnam; Jakarta, Indonesia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Manila, Philippines; and Singapore.