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Benigno Aquino Jr.

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Benigno Simeon Aquino Jr.

Senator of the Philippines
In office
December 30, 1967 – September 23, 1972[1]
Leader of the Opposition
(De facto)
In office
Succeeded bySalvador Laurel
Presidential Adviser on Defense Affairs
In office
Governor of Tarlac
In office
February 17, 1961 – December 30, 1967
Vice Governor of Tarlac
In office
December 30, 1959 – February 15, 1961
Mayor of Concepcion, Tarlac
In office
December 30, 1955 – December 30, 1959
Personal details
Benigno Simeon Aquino Jr.

November 27, 1932
Concepcion, Tarlac, Philippine Islands
DiedAugust 21, 1983(1983-08-21) (aged 50)
Parañaque, Philippines
Cause of deathAssassination (gunshot wound to the head)
Resting placeManila Memorial Park, Sucat Road, Sucat, Parañaque, Metro Manila, Philippines
Political partyLiberal (1959–1983)
LABAN (1978–1983)
Other political
Nacionalista Party (1955–1959)
RelationsSee Aquino family
Children5 (incl. Benigno III and Kris)
ResidenceTimes Street, Quezon City
Alma materUniversity of the Philippines Diliman
Ateneo de Manila University

Benigno Simeon "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr.[2][3][4][5] was a Filipino senator and a former Governor of Tarlac.

Life[change | change source]

Benigno Simeon Aquino, Jr. was born on November 27, 1932 to Benigno Aquino, Sr..

Aquino, Gerry Roxas and Jovito Salonga formed the leadership of the opposition to the government of President Ferdinand Marcos. Shortly after that, he was arrested in 1973 for seven years. Aquino was allowed to travel to the United States for medical treatment following a heart attack.

Death[change | change source]

Aquino was shot in the head at the Manila International Airport in 1983 upon returning from his self-imposed exile because of the Martial Law of Ferdinand Marcos. He was 50 years old.

Legacy[change | change source]

His death caused his widow, Corazon Aquino, to run for President in 1986, resulting overthrow of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos. She is the first female president to hold the office and the 11th President of the Philippines.

In 1987, Manila International Airport (MIA) was renamed to Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) through Republic Act No. 6639 which was enacted without executive approval on November 27, 1987.

Their only son, Benigno Aquino III, became president in 2010 to 2016.

References[change | change source]

  1. Original Term until December 30, 1973, cut short pursuant to the Declaration of Martial Law on September 23, 1972.
  2. Leonard, Thomas M. (2006). Encyclopedia of the developing world, Volume 1.
  3. Lentz, Harris M. (1988). Assassinations and executions: an encyclopedia of political violence, 1865–1986.
  4. "Benigno Simeon Aquino, Jr.". Encyclopædia Britannica.
  5. Jessup, John E. (1998). An encyclopedic dictionary of conflict and conflict resolution, 1945–1996.