Big brother gone: Lenlen Oreta mourns Noynoy’s passing

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Malabon Mayor Lenlen Oreta expressed sadness over the death of his cousin, former President Benigno Aquino III.

In a Facebook post, Oreta said Aquino’s passing was “truly a heartbreaking loss” for him because he considered the former President “as a big brother who I can approach to for any advice and counsel.”

“He is not only my karate instructor but my idol when it comes to shooting. ‘Di ko makakalimutan ang kanyang mga aral, mga light moments gaya noong siya’y naging Best Man sa aking kasal,” Oreta said.

Aquino’s father, the late former senator Benigno Aquino Jr., and Oreta’s mother, Tessie, are siblings.

The mayor said he will also always remember Aquino’s words of encouragement during challenges.

“Farewell cousin Noy! Your legacy will forever be in our hearts. You will always be the best Best Man,” Oreta said.