Former Philippine president Benigno Aquino, who promoted anti-corruption reforms and scored a landmark judgment versus China’s sweeping claims in the contested South China Sea, passed away on Thursday at the age of 61.
Aquino, the 15th president of the Philippines, died due to “renal disease, secondary to diabetes,” his household stated.
“It is with profound grief that on behalf of our family, I am confirming that our brother, Benigno ‘Noynoy’ S. Aquino III, died peacefully in his sleep,” stated Aurora Corazon Abellada, among his 4 sis.
“No words can express how broken our hearts are and how long it will take for us to accept the reality that he is gone,” she included.
The household thanked the countless Filipinos who elected Aquino as a member of Congress, a senator and ultimately as president of the Philippines.
Flags in the nation were flown at half mast to honour the bachelor president widely called Noynoy.
He was the only kid of 2 of the nation’s democracy icons.
His dad, senator Benigno Aquino Junior, was a strong critic of totalitarian Ferdinand Marcos, who was assassinated in 1983 upon go back to the Philippines from exile in theUnited States
His mom, the late president Corazon Aquino, was moved to power by an uprising that fell the Marcos dictatorship in 1983.
Noynoy Aquino was chosen president in 2010, one year after his mom passed away, on a platform of excellent governance and a guarantee to end corruption.
The previous president was understood for calling Filipinos his “bosses” throughout his term that ended in 2016. He avoided unique treatment for himself and federal government authorities, and kept his easy way of life.
“My hope is that when I leave office, everyone can say that we have travelled far on the right path,” Aquino stated in his main bio.
He will be kept in mind for sealing a Philippine financial revival, passing a questionable reproductive health law and submitting an effective arbitration case versus China over the contested South China Sea.
He avoided of the general public eye after his term and declined to offer declarations about his follower, present President Rodrigo Duterte.
Duterte slammed a few of Aquino’s previous policies, particularly on the diplomatic row with Beijing over the South China Sea.
But he is remembered well by numerous, and homages gathered after news of his death.
“I am deeply saddened to hear about the sudden passing of former President Noynoy Aquino,” statedSenator Loren Legarda “Thank you for your firm leadership, hard work and integrity.”
“I knew him to be a kind man, driven by his passion to serve our people, diligent in his duties, and with an avid and consuming curiosity about new knowledge and the world in general,” Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen stated.
Duterte used his compassions to Aquino’s sis, pals and advocates, and hailed his household’s tradition.
“Let us all take this opportunity to unite in prayer and set aside our differences as we pay respects to a leader who has given his best to serve the Filipino people,” he stated in a declaration.
“His memory and his family’s legacy of offering their lives for the cause of democracy will forever remain etched in our hearts,” he included.
Senator Imee Marcos, a child of the previous totalitarian, likewise commemorated Aquino and stated that “beyond politics and much public acrimony,” she understood him for being a “kind and simple soul.”
While his administration was hailed for being sincere and transparent, Aquino’s six-year term was likewise marked by scandals including supposed abuse of funds by legislators and other debates.
He was likewise slammed for stopping working to reveal compassion with the general public at essential times, consisting of after an effective tropical cyclone eliminated thousands in 2013 and 44 law enforcement officers were eliminated in a clash with Muslim rebels in 2015.
Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin, a previous press secretary and speechwriter of Noynoy’s mom, stated the previous president was “incorruptible” and “indifferent to power and its trappings.”
He “ruled our country with a puzzling coldness, but only because he hid his feelings so well it was though he had none,” Locsin tweeted.
“It was the way he and his siblings were raised.”