Former Philippine President Benigno Aquino III dies

The son of Cory Aquino suffered five bullet wounds following an attempted military coup in 1987.

By Rey S. Baniquet, Office of the President via Wikimedia Creative Commons

Former Philippine President Benigno Aquino III died Thursday at the age of 61, reports Rappler.

The son of the late former president Cory Aquino had been receiving dialysis treatments for at least five months and also recently had a heart procedure.

Reuters reported that the cause of death listed on the death certificate is “renal disease secondary to diabetes.”

He served as president from 2010 to 2016, following the death of his mother who held the presidency from 1986 to 1992 .

“It is with profound sadness that I learned this morning of the passing of former President Benigno S. Aquino,” said Supreme Court Justice Marvic Leonen in a statement made available to CNN. “It was an honor to have served with him. he will be missed.”

Aquino’s mother rose to power after the assassination in 1983 of her husband , Benigno Acquino Jr, who challenged the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos. The killing sparked the People Power revolution which led to Marcos’ ouster.

“No matter what political side you’re on, when a former president passes away, the country mourns. His death diminishes us all. Sincerest condolences from the Senate and my family,” Philippine Senate President Vicente Sotto III.

“I offer my heartfelt condolences to the Aquino family,” President Rodrigo Duterte said in a speech, according to Reuters. “Please accept the love and the prayers of a grateful nation.”

Aquino III sustained five guns shots during an attempted military coup in 1987. Three of his bodyguards were killed.

He is affectionately known as “Noynoy.”

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