Former Philippine president Benigno Aquino dies

Aquino had served as president of the Philippines from 2010 to 2016. -NOYNOYAQUINO/TWITTER

MANILA (The Straits Times/ANN): Former president Benigno Aquino III, whose term was marked by a long period of prosperity for the Philippines but also saddled by accusations of cronyism, died early on Thursday (June 24). He was 61.

Son of democracy icon and former president Corazon Aquino, Aquino served as president from 2010 to 2016.

Senate President Vicente Sotto remarked on Aquino's death."No matter what political side you're on, when a former president passes away, the country mourns," he said on Thursday (June 24).

The family has yet to confirm his death, but various news organisations, citing sources close to the Aquinos, and chat groups of his political allies have reported that Aquino died of complications from a lingering lung illness.

Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen mentioned Aquino's passing in a Twitter post.

"I saw him carry his title with dignity and integrity... I knew him to be a kind man, driven by his passion to serve our people, diligent in his duties and with an avid and consuming curiosity about new knowledge and the world in general. He will be missed," said Leonen. - The Straits Times/Asia News Network

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