Former Philippine President Benigno Aquino III died Thursday after a prolonged illness, according to various news and sources from Al Jazeera.
Aquino, 61, he was the 15th president of the country from 2010 to 2016, and was succeeded in office by the incumbent, Rodrigo Duterte.
According to ABS-CBN News, he was hospitalized Thursday before.
But he had been on dialysis for at least five months and had recently undergone heart surgery, according to the news.
Al Jazeera’s Jamela Alindogan, who reports from Manila, said sources have confirmed Aquino’s death.
Aquino’s family has not yet issued an official statement. But her former spokeswoman, Abigail Valte, told reporters in Manila that a statement will be published later Thursday.
“It is with deep sadness that I learned this morning of the passing of former President Benigno S. Aquino III,” Supreme Court Judge Marvic Leonen, who was appointed by Aquino in 2012, said in a statement.
“I knew he was a kind man, driven by his passion for serving our people. I saw him carry his title with dignity and integrity, ”added Leonen, who had also been an Aquino peace negotiator with the Moorish Islamic Liberation Front.
Duterte spokesman Harry Roque said the nation “thanks the former president for his contribution and services to the country.”
In a statement, the European Union office in Manila said: “We mourn a friend who pushed for the deepening of our relations.”
The German embassy in Manila also issued a separate statement congratulating Aquino on his role in “intensifying” ties between the Philippines and Germany during his tenure.
Businessman John Law of the U.S. Embassy in Manila also offered his condolences to Aquino’s family, adding that his government “will always appreciate our partnership” with the Philippines.
It was during the Aquino administration that Manila faced China and filed a case before the International Court of Arbitration in The Hague over a maritime dispute in the South China Sea.
The Philippines won this historic case a month after Aquino left office in 2016.
He saw his six-year term steady economic growth for the country.
But it had also faced controversy, including allegations of mismanagement following Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, which left more than 6,000 people dead.
Although he was known to be personally incorruptible, his name was tainted after criticism and opposition questioned. the release of public funds reallocated to its allies in Congress.
He also approved a controversial government operation that left 44 commandos dead while pursuing an armed Malaysian leader wanted on the southern island of Mindanao.
Without any formal announcement, no order, the flags are being lowered to half-mast in public and private places. It will always be so when the audience loses someone who, at the time of passing and therefore making the final calculation, undoubtedly knows that he served them faithfully and with honor. pic.twitter.com/0spMVtsaRb
– Manuel L. Quezon III (@ mlq3) June 24, 2021
That incident derailed the peace deal with the Muslim rebels that Aquinas led during his tenure.
Aquino, also known in the Philippines by the nickname Noynoy, was the only child of two of the country’s icons of democracy.
His mother was the late former president Corazon Aquino, who was brought to power after the ouster of dictator Ferdinand Marcos in 1986. During a failed military coup in 1989, he survived an assassination attempt on rogue soldiers while attempting defend your mother.
Aquino’s father and namesake, former Senator Benigno Aquino Jr., was assassinated at Manila International Airport when he returned from exile in 1983. The assassination was seen as an impetus for the popular uprising. and the dismissal of Marcos three years later.
Prior to being elected president in 2010, Aquino was a senator from 2007 to 2010 and a member of the Congress of the province of Tarlac from 1998 to 2007.
The death of his mother in late 2009 sparked an outpouring of support that catapulted Aquino to the presidency in the 2010 election.
After leaving office in 2016, Aquino kept a low profile as Duterte’s allies continued to criticize him and how he faced legal charges related to the assassination of commandos in 2015. He was also the target of online attacks by supporters of the incumbent president.