The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) joined all Filipinos in mourning the passing of former President Benigno S. Aquino III and offered its deepest condolences and prayers to his family and loved ones.
It said it will never forget the words spoken by Aquino during his presidency: “Kayo ang boss ko (You are my bosses).” It pointed out that these words “will always be a continuing reminder that our government must, above all, be of service to the people.”
“Let us remember his contributions to the country by continuously working on improving the plight of the nation’s least, last, and lost,” the CHR said.
“May we all continue to believe in the innate human rights, dignity, and goodness of every Filipino – worthy to be served, as well to live, and die for,” it added.
Aquino, the 15th president of the Philippines, passed away in his sleep on June 24 after battling with diabetic nephropathy. He was 61.
During his presidency, Aquino appointed José Luis Martín “Chito” C. Gascon as chair of the CHR. Gascon is serving a term from 2015 to 2022.