By J. Jala | 09:40 AM June 24, 2021
Former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III has died, multiple reports said Thursday, June 24, 2021. He was 61.
An official statement will be announced from the family.
ANC Television broke the news on Twitter, citing a source from the Aquino family. The Manila Times and The Daily Tribune cited sources.
Noynoy Aquino served as president from 2010 to 2016, during which he secured the Philippines’ first investment grade ratings, initiated peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and challenged China’s vast sea claims before a UN-backed court.
The bachelor former president was survived by his sisters Ballsy, Pinky, Viel and Kris and their families.
“Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap,” was Aquino’s 2010 campaign slogan, which resonated with the electorate that has witnesses several corruption and vote fraud investigations against his predecessor, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Aquino’s last visit to Bohol was in March 2016 during his inspection of the Bohol International Airport construction.