But his tenure has been marred by accusations of inaction and corruption. In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, which killed 6,000 Filipinos, many accused the president of being too slow to respond to the crisis. Some Western countries, including Canada, have cited the Aquino administration’s lack of immediacy in their decisions to bypass the government and give money and aid directly to non-governmental organizations.
It was the deaths of 44 police commandos in a 2015 clash with Muslim rebels that ultimately ended his presidency. The failed raid to capture a Muslim insurgent in the southern town of Mamasapano was, at the time, the deadliest day in modern history for the country’s police.
In 2017, the country’s anti-corruption prosecutor said Mr. Aquino should be held responsible for the deaths of police officers for allowing a suspended national police chief accused of corruption to oversee the operation.
Mr Aquino was replaced in 2016 by Rodrigo Duterte, a populist president whose policies included a bloody war on drugs.