Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III: Former Philippine President’s Remains Carried in Quezon City

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    Supporters clap as the remains of former Philippine President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III are carried from outside Quezon City’s Ateneo de Manila University chapel and being handed over to the Church of the Gesu. Aquino died at the age of 61. He oversaw the fastest period of growth since the 1970s and challenged China’s expansive territorial claims before a United Nations-backed tribunal.

    Aquino, who served as the nation’s leader from 2010 to 2016, died peacefully in his sleep, his sister Pinky Aquino-Abellada said, adding that he was pronounced dead in a hospital in Quezon City due to renal disease secondary to diabetes. “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. Mission accomplished, Noy.”

    President Rodrigo Duterte, through his spokesman Harry Roque, sent condolences to Aquino’s family. “We are grateful for his contribution and services to the country,” he said.

    A bachelor with a weakness for cigarettes and computer games who had spent much of his life in the shadow of his parents — icons of Philippine democracy — Aquino had said he didn’t aspire to lead the nation.

    His father, senator and opposition leader Benigno Aquino Jr., was jailed under the regime of Ferdinand Marcos and assassinated in 1983 upon his return from U.S. exile. Three years later, his mother Corazon Aquino ran against Marcos in a snap election that led to the dictator’s ouster.

    The 2009 death of Corazon, the nation’s first female president, prompted calls for Aquino, then a senator, to run for the top post the following year. “I didn’t have any ambition to be president,” he said in a 2013 interview with Bloomberg News. “It was fate. The people found me.”

    Aquino was born on Feb. 8, 1960, the only son among five children. An economics graduate from the Ateneo de Manila University, he served as a congressman and senator. Prior to his public sector career, he worked as retail supervisor and promotions manager at Nike Inc.’s Philippine unit.

    After the handing-over ceremony, the urn will be on display for a public viewing.

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