He reformed the economy and fought corruption – now Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino has died. He belongs to one of the richest and most famous families in the Philippines.
Former Philippine President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino is dead. The 61-year-old died on Thursday in Manila after being hospitalized, according to media reports. Aquino was head of state of the Philippines from 2010 to 2016 and the predecessor of the controversial incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte.
The Aquino family is one of the most famous families in the Philippines. “Noynoy” was the only son of the late former President Corazon Aquino and her murdered husband, Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, who led the democracy movement to overthrow dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the 1980s.
Grief over an “incorruptible”
Foreign Minister Teodoro Locsin said on Twitter his “mourning over the death of an incorruptible”. Aquino launched an anti-corruption campaign during his tenure and initiated important economic reforms. He benefited from his family’s good reputation and achieved average annual economic growth of just over six percent during his tenure, the highest since the 1970s.
Aquino was born on February 8, 1960, the son of one of the wealthiest land-owning political families in the country. As a straggler, he entered the 2010 presidential race after his mother had died of cancer the year before.
“Noynoy” was initially ridiculed by the political competition as inexperienced, but then made a name for himself as a self-confident speaker and was considered a sharp critic of his predecessor Gloria Arroyo, who was later arrested for corruption. Aquino was unmarried and had no children.