Former president Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III, known for calling the Filipino people his “bosses” when he came to power, passed away on Thursday, according to a member of the family who asked not to be named pending official announcement.
Aquino, who served as president from 2010 to 2016, had been largely silent and out of public eye since the end of his term, despite repeated criticism from his successor.
The former president, a known smoker, was hospitalized early Thursday morning. His family did not announce further details.
Aquino was swept into power following the death of his mother, former President Corazon “Cory” Aquino, in 2009. His mother was elected in 1986 after the EDSA People Power Revolution toppled the Marcos dictatorship.