Former Philippine President Benigno Aquino has died in hospital at the age of 61.

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Former Philippine President Benigno Aquino, the son of two democratic icons in the Southeast Asian country, died on Thursday after being hospitalised in Manila.

From 2010 to 2016, the 61-year-old served as President of the Philippines.

“It is with profound sadness that I learned this morning of the passing of former Pres. Benigno Aquino,” Supreme Court justice Marvic Leonen, who was nominated by Aquino in 2012, said in a statement.

“It was an honour to serve besides him. He will be sorely missed “According to the statement.

The reason of his death was not immediately known, however he had been admitted to the hospital earlier that day.

Known popularly as Noynoy, he rode a wave of public support to the presidency after the 2009 death of his mother, the revered “People Power” leader Corazon Aquino, who was herself president from 1986 until 1992.

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

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

Flags were flying at half mast on the senate building in Manila on Thursday.

In a statement, Senator Imee Marcos, daughter of the late dictator, paid tribute to Aquino for his “kind and simple soul” and said he would be deeply missed.

Aquino still carried a bullet wound from a 1987 attempted military coup against his mother’s administration, during which he was shot five times and three of his bodyguards were killed.

Reporting by Enrico Dela Cruz and Karen Lema Editing by Ed Davies


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