By Marisol Bo-oc | 04:24 PM June 24, 2021
Former Philippine President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III died in a Manila hospital on Thursday morning of renal failure as a result of diabetes, his family said.
“It is with profound grief that on behalf of our family, I am confirming that our brother, Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III died peacefully in his sleep,” the family said in a statement read by Pinky Aquino Abellada, one of four surviving sisters.
“His death certificate pronounced his death at 6:30 a.m. due to renal disease secondary to diabetes.”
Flags were flying at half mast on the senate building and at the House of Representatives in Manila on Thursday.
Aquino, 61, was president of the Philippines from 2010 to 2016.