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Former President Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino III Has Passed Away

He was only 61.
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Former President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III has passed away. He was 61. 

Also known as "Pnoy" to his supporters, Aquino was the 15th president of the Philippines and served from 2010 to 2016. Prior to his six years as President, he was a senator, the OIC secretary of the interior and local government, deputy house speaker of the House of Representatives, and a representative from Tarlac's second district. 

Noynoy's presidency focused on the Philippines' economic growth, as well as establishing a peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. His most notable foreign policy was asserting Philippine marine sovereignity in the face of China's assertive claims in the South China Sea. 

His term also dealt with a number of controversies, most notably his response to Typhoon Yolanda and the Mamasapano massacre. 

In an exclusive interview with Esquire Philippines in 2013, Aquino imparted his wisdom on how he dealt with his presidency.

“My critics will insist that [I decide important matters hastily]. I’m tempted to challenge them to a debate. Why don’t you ask me how I made my decision and show me where my reasoning was faulty? So, if I have a critic, and he makes sense, then I will seek him out. I will try to get his positive point and incorporate it." 

He was the third child and only son of former senator Benigno Simeon "Ninoy" Aquino Jr. and former president Corazon Aquino. Noynoy never married. He is survived by his five sisters: Maria Elena, Aurora Corazon, Victoria Elisa, and Kristina Bernadette, and their respective children.

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