Former President Noynoy Aquino dies at 61

Former Philippine President Noynoy Aquino died at the age of 61. There are no further details released as to the cause of his death.

Initial reports said Aquino was brought to Capitol Medical Center in Quezon City early Thursday.

Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III[ also known as “PNoy” or “Noynoy”, was a Filipino politician who served as the 15th president of the Philippines from 2010 until 2016. Aquino was a fourth-generation politician and was the chairman of the from 2010 to 2016.

On September 9, 2009, shortly after the death of his mother, Aquino officially announced that he would be a candidate in the 2010 presidential election. He was elected and on June 30, 2010, was sworn into office as the fifteenth President of the Philippines at the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park, Manila, succeeding Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. He ended his term on June 30, 2016, succeeded by Rodrigo Duterte.

In 2013, Time named him one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Former President Noynoy Aquino dies at 61

Noynoy Aquino is a fourth-generation politician: his great-grandfather, Servillano “Mianong” Aquino, served as a delegate to the Congress; his paternal grandfather, Benigno Aquino, Sr., served as Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Philippines from 1943 to 1944; his maternal grandfather, Jose Cojuangco, was also a member of the House of Representatives; and his parents were Corazon Aquino, who served as the 11th President of the Philippines (1986–92), and Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr. Aquino is a member of the Liberal Party, where he held various positions such as Secretary General and Vice President for Luzon.

Following the turnover ceremonies to his successor Rodrigo at Malacañang, Noynoy Aquino returned to his parents’ residence along Times Street, Quezon City. Since leaving office, Aquino remained silent on the Duterte administration and rarely made public appearances. However, in November 2016, Aquino attended a concert at Rizal Park and joined protests against the burial of Ferdinand Marcos.

In February 2017, Aquino commemorated the 31st anniversary of the People Power Revolution by marching to the People Power Monument and joining the protests against the Ferdinand Marcos regime.

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