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Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino was the transitional leader Filipinos needed

Former president left the country more stable, prosperous and democratic

Outgoing President Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino III (right) meets with his successor President Rodrigo Duterte at the Malacanang Palace on Jun. 30, 2016. (File photo by Getty Images)

MANILA -- Just months before the COVID pandemic drew the curtain over our 'normal' lives, I received an intriguing phone call.

It was from no less than former president Benigno Aquino III, affectionately known as "Noynoy." Aquino, who died from kidney disease last Thursday at the age of 61, was apparently intent on responding to a piece I had written for The Philippine Daily Inquirer, "Five myths of Dutertismo."

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