Benigno Aquino III, the former Philippines Head of State, has passed on at 61 years, after hospitalization in Quezon City.
Popular referred to as “Noynoy,” Aquino was the Philippines 15th president. He led the country from 2010 to 2016 after the death of his mother, Corazon Aquino. She was the former democracy icon and President.
He passed away at the Capitol Medical Center close to Manila, reported the Philippines News Agency.
Marvic Leonen, Supreme Court Justice appointed by Aquino in 2012, confirmed the unfortunate news in a statement to PNA.
“It’s with much sadness that I’ve learnt the unfortunate death of former Head of State Benigno S. Aquino. Working with him was an honour, he’ll be missed,” said Leonen.
The economist worked in their family’s sugar plantation before launching his career in 1998. Before becoming a senator in 2007, he served as a congressman in the House of Representatives three times.
He was the only son of renowned democracy icons, former President Corazon and Senator Benigno. His father, who denounced the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos, was assassinated after returning home in 1983 from exile in the United States.
The assassination threw the country in disarray that saw Marcos removed from office in 1986 by the “People Power Revolution.”
While his mother took the presidency in 1987, rebels attacked their Manila Malacanang palace, and Aquino escaped death narrowly. However, his three bodyguards lost their lives, and Aquino was hit by five bullets, with one still implanted in his neck.
His mother, who passed away in 2009, ruled from 1986 to 1992.
Aquino’s journey to the presidency
One month after his mum passed away, Aquino announced his interest in the country’s presidency. He stated his mother’s supporters advised him to run to promote democracy in the Philippines.
He won the 2010 elections unanimously.
Following his death, tributes to the former President have poured in from his countrymen. Senate President Vicente Sotto said the news had saddened the entire country.