Former president Benigno Aquino III had been suffering from various illnesses since 2019
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Former president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III has died at the age of 61, multiple sources close to his family confirmed on Thursday, June 24.
Aquino had been suffering from various illnesses since 2019. He had been undergoing dialysis for at least five months and had recently undergone a heart operation.
Aquino, the only son of democracy icons former senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. and former president Corazon Aquino, first entered politics as congressional representative of the 2nd District of Tarlac. After serving the maximum three consecutive terms, he made a successful bid for the Senate and served as senator from 2007 to 2010.
He was elected president in 2010. – Rappler.com
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