MANILA, June 24 (Mabuhay) — Former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III has died, according to a report on Super Radyo dzBB on Thursday, citing sources. He was 61 years old.
Aquino, son of the late President Corazon Aquino and slain senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., was earlier rushed to the Capitol Medical Center in Quezon City, reports said.
His sister, actress Kris Aquino, arrived at the hospital at around 9 a.m. An announcement from the family is expected within the day.
Former Foreign Affairs Secretary Jose Rene Almendras and former Senator Mar Roxas — Aquino’s party-mate in the Liberal Party — were also seen at the hospital.
“It’s a sad day,” tweeted former lawmaker Erin Tañada, another Liberal Party member.
In December 2019, Aquino was confined in the intensive care unit of Makati Medical Center. However, details about his confinement were not disclosed.
Before becoming president in 2010, Aquino served as a member of the House of Representatives and Senate.
Aquino announced his candidacy for president in the 2010 elections in September 2009, a month after his mother Cory — a democracy icon who was catapulted to Malacañang following the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution — died.
Aquino’s administration was known for its “Daang Matuwid” tagline, an advocacy for good governance. The “No Wang-Wang” order was one of the first policies that he implemented after assuming the country’s top post.
It was during his administration when the Philippines adopted the K-12 education program and implemented the controversial Reproductive Health Law.
It was also during his administration when the Philippines brought the territorial dispute against China to The Hague. The Philippines eventually scored a historic victory against China, invalidating Beijing’s massive claims in the South China Sea.
Before holding the highest position in the Philippines in 2010, Aquino also served in the Legislative department. He represented Tarlac’s second district in the House of Representatives from 1998 to 2007, after which he ran for senator and served in the Upper House from 2007 to 2010.
The Senate flag is at half-mast on Thursday to honor Aquino. (MNS)