Benigno S. Aquino III, Former President of the Philippines, Is Dead at 61

Descendants of the country’s most prominent pro-democracy political family, were celebrated early in his administration to stabilize the country’s faltering economy.

Benigno S. Aquino III, the former president of the Philippines and a descendant of the country’s most prominent pro-democracy political family, died in Manila on Thursday. He was 61 years old.

His death was confirmed in a statement by former Interior Minister Manuel Roxas II, whose family has long been linked to Aquinos. The cause of his death was not immediately known; Local news reports said he was admitted to a hospital.

Mr Aquino served as president from 2010 to 2016, riding a wave of support following the death of his mother, Corazon Aquino, in 2009. Mrs Aquino, a former president, and her husband, slain Senator Benigno S. Aquino Jr. He was the leader of the 1986 Jan Shakti Revolution that ended the two-decade dictatorship of President Ferdinand Marcos.

The younger Mr. Aquino, known as Noynoy and Peanoy, was celebrated in his administration for stabilizing the country’s faltering economy and pushing through reproductive rights legislation that made contraception more readily available to the poor. Carrying out – a move that has long been opposed by the Roman Catholic Church, in a staunchly Catholic country.

But his tenure was spoiled by allegations of inaction and corruption. After 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, cited the lack of Aquino administration in their decisions to bypass the government and instead donate money and aid directly to non-governmental organizations.

It was the deaths of 44 police commandos in clashes with Muslim rebels in 2015 that ultimately ended his presidency. The failed attack on the southern city of Mamasapano to capture a Muslim rebel was, at the time, the deadliest day for the country’s police force in modern history.

In 2017, the country’s anti-corruption prosecutor said Mr Aquino should be held responsible for the deaths of officers in order to allow the suspended national police chief accused of corruption to oversee the operation.

Mr Aquino was succeeded in 2016 by a populist president, Rodrigo Duterte, whose policies include a bloody war on drugs.

Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III was born on February 8, 1960. He never married and had no children.

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