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PNoy on critics who called him ‘abnoy’ : I prayed for them


Former President Benigno Aquino III reflected on the ups and downs of the job, including being called names by his detractors, in an exclusive interview with GMA News a month before the end of his tenure in 2016.


"Abnoy" was one among the insulting nicknames thrown at Aquino, while "noynoying" came to signify inactivity. He prayed for those who mocked him and called him various names.


"At the end of the day, we have to make a choice. The time is limited and we cannot spend it on people who have close minds," Former President Aquino said.


“Whenever some of my colleagues are bothered by it, I tell them to not mind those who call me names. We should just continue to work, Especially when the insult is based on my name, that's absence of any substance. To be honest, I might have prayed for them.”


Aquino was pronounced dead at 6:30 a.m. owing to kidney failure linked to diabetes, according to a statement delivered by his sister Pinky Aquino-Abellada on Thursday afternoon at Heritage Park.


Aquino worked in the Legislative Department before ascending to the highest office in the Philippines in 2010. He served in the House of Representatives representing Tarlac's second district from 1998 to 2007, following which he ran for senator and served in the Upper House from 2007 to 2010.


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