© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Former Philippine’s President Benigno Aquino III listens throughout a senate listening to on the anti dengue drug Dengvaxia on the Philippine senate in Pasay metropolis, Manila, Philippines December 14, 2017. REUTERS/Dondi Tawatao


By Karen Lema and Neil Jerome Morales

MANILA (Reuters) -Former Philippine President Benigno Aquino, the son of two of the Southeast Asian nation’s democracy icons, died in a Manila hospital on Thursday of renal failure because of diabetes, his household stated.

The 61-year-old was president of the Philippines from 2010 to 2016 and was hospitalised earlier on Thursday.

“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 household stated in an announcement learn by Pinky Aquino Abellada, considered one of 4 surviving sisters.

“His death certificate pronounced his death at 6:30 a.m. due to renal disease secondary to diabetes.”

The presidential palace supply condolences to his household and requested Filipinos to hope.

Vice President Leni Robredo, who ran beneath the then Aquino-led ruling get together when elected in 2016, stated it was “heart-breaking” to listen to of his dying.

“He tried to do what was right, even when it was not popular,” she stated in an announcement. “He worked quietly and tirelessly for the good of everyone. He will be missed.”

Known popularly as Noynoy, he rode a wave of public help to the presidency after the 2009 dying of his mom, the revered “People Power” chief Corazon Aquino, who was herself president from 1986 till 1992.

His namesake father, a senator who staunchly opposed the rule of strongman Ferdinand Marcos, was assassinated when he returned dwelling from political exile in 1983.

The killing shocked the nation and helped propel Marcos out of workplace within the 1986 People Power revolution and ushered in his mom’s presidency.

Flags had been flying at half mast on the senate constructing and on the House of Representatives in Manila on Thursday.

In an announcement, Senator Imee Marcos, daughter of the late dictator, paid tribute to Aquino for his “kind and simple soul” and stated he can be deeply missed.

Aquino nonetheless carried a bullet wound from a 1987 tried army coup towards his mom’s administration, throughout which he was shot 5 occasions and three of his bodyguards had been killed.

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