former Philippine president dies aged 61 – .

former Philippine president dies aged 61 – .

Popularly known as “Noynoy,” Aquino was the country’s 15th president, in office from 2010 to 2016 after the death of his mother, former president and democracy icon Corazon Aquino.

He died at the Capitol Medical Center near the capital Manila, the Philippine News Agency reported, adding that his family will issue a statement soon.

An economist by training, Aquino worked in the family sugar business before launching his political career in 1998. He served three terms as a member of Congress in the House of Representatives before becoming a senator in 2007.

He was the only son of popular democracy icons, Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino and former President Corazon. His father, a senator opposed to the regime of dictator Ferdinand Marcos, was assassinated in 1983 upon his return from exile in the United States.

The murder shocked the nation and helped propel Marcos from office during the 1986 People Power Revolution, according to Reuters. In 1987, when her mother was president, rebels attacked her residence at Malacanang Palace in Manila and Aquino narrowly escaped death. Three of his escorts were killed and he was hit by five bullets, one of which is still embedded in his neck.

Her mother, who died in August 2009, was president from 1986 to 1992.

A month after his death, Aquino announced his run for president, saying his mother’s supporters urged him to make an offer and continue his parents’ fight to promote democracy in the Philippines.

He won his election in 2010 by a landslide, persuading voters that he was morally fit for the job and would represent ordinary Filipinos.

His six-year tenure was marred by crises, most notably in 2015 when 44 police commandos were killed in a botched operation to capture a wanted Malaysian activist suspected of being behind the 2002 Bali bombings.

In November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest typhoons on record, devastated central Philippines, killing more than 6,000 people and destroying towns and villages.

Despite some progress in the fight against corruption, his image as “Mr. Clean” was marred by scandals over the embezzlement of public funds by lawmakers that same year, according to Reuters.


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