Street Vendor Rushes To Capitol Medical Center After Noynoy Aquino’s Passing

A street vendor rushed to the Capitol Medical Center after hearing former President Noynoy Aquino’s passing to pay respect.

A street vendor rushed to the Capitol Medical Center right after hearing the passing of former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

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Photo source: Manila Bulletin

Aireen Navidad, a 56-year-old street vendor in Quezon City, said that she’s manning her cigarette stall along Tomas Morato Avenue when she saw on Facebook the announcement that the former president died at the hospital on Thursday morning.

Still wearing her black apron on top of her black sando, Aireen left her stall and went to the hospital, hoping to see the Aquinos and to pay respect to the late former President.

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In an interview, Aireen told Manila Bulletin that she asked her daughter to look after her stall.

Aireen was eager to see Noynoy, even just his body, as she said that she looked up to him so much. She also said that street vendors like her were still allowed on the sidewalks and could earn more during Aquino’s administration.

Para sa akin, okay sila sa mahihirap. Noong nawala sila, naghirap kami, noong nawala si Pres. Noynoy. Eh nagtitinda ako, affected ako. Nakakaapekto rin po pala kung sino yung namumuno sa gobyerno. Tinatapurak [ngayon] ‘yung mga nagtitinda, masyado akong nasasaktan, nagbago po ‘yung takbo ng buhay namin [noong nawala si Noynoy],” Aireen said.

When the ambulance supposedly carrying the body of former President Aquino left the hospital at around 12:40 in the afternoon, Aireen joined other media personnel in taking videos.

Based on a report, Aireen was teary eyed when she’s narrating her good memories as a street vendor under the Aquino administration.

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She also said that even just her presence outside the hospital was enough to express her support and respect to former President Aquino even in his death.

Di na namin iniisip yung pulitika. Bilang mahihirap, ang hinahanap namin, kung papano kami itrato ng husto,” she said.

On Thursday afternoon, the Aquino family confirmed in a statement that former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III “died peacefully in his sleep” as his death certificate pronounced his death at 6:30 in the morning.

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