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Benigno Simeon "Ninoy" Aquino Jr.[2][3][4][5] (November 27, 1932 – August 21, 1983) was the husband of former Philippine President Corazon Aquino
Corazon Aquino
and father of former Philippine President Benigno Aquino III. Aquino, together with Gerry Roxas and Jovito Salonga, formed the leadership of the opposition towards Ferdinand Marcos. Shortly after the imposition of martial law, he was arrested in 1972 along with others associated with the Communists armed insurgency and incarcerated for seven years. He founded his own party Lakas ng Bayan and ran for the Philippine parliamentary election, 1978, but all of the party's candidates including Ninoy lost in the election. In 1980 Aquino was permitted by Marcos to travel to the United States
United States
for medical treatment following a heart attack. He was assassinated at the Manila
International Airport in 1983 upon returning from his self-imposed exile. His death catapulted his widow, Corazon, into the political limelight, and prompted her to run for president as member of the UNIDO party in the 1986 snap elections. Among other public structures, Manila
International Airport has since been renamed Ninoy Aquino International Airport
Ninoy Aquino International Airport
in his honor, and the anniversary of his death is a national holiday.


1 Early life 2 Political career 3 Early martial law years 4 1978 elections, bypass surgery, exile 5 Planning return 6 Assassination 7 Funeral 8 Legacy 9 Personal life

9.1 Ancestry

10 References 11 External links

Early life[edit] Benigno Simeón Aquino Jr.[6] was born in Concepcion, Tarlac, on November 27, 1932, to Benigno Servillano Quiambao Aquino Sr.[7] and half-cousin[8], Aurora Lampa Aquino, (from half-uncle[9] Agapito de los Santos Aquino) a prosperous family of hacenderos, the original owners of Hacienda
Maling, Hacienda
Sawang and Hacienda
Murcia.[10] His grandfather, Servillano Aquino, was a general in the revolutionary army of Emilio Aguinaldo, the officially recognized first President of the Philippines.[11] He received his elementary education at De La Salle College and finished at Saint Joseph's College of Quezon
City. He completed his high school education at San Beda College. Aquino took his tertiary education at Ateneo de Manila
to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree, but he interrupted his studies.[12] According to one of his biographies, he considered himself to be an average student; his grade was not in the line of 90s nor did it fall into the 70s. At age 17, he was the youngest war correspondent to cover the Korean War
Korean War
for The Manila Times of Don Joaquín "Chino" Roces. Because of his journalistic feats, he received the Philippine Legion of Honor
Philippine Legion of Honor
award from President Elpidio Quirino at age 18. At 21, he became a close adviser to then Defense Secretary Ramon Magsaysay. Aquino took up law at the University of the Philippines, where he became a member of Upsilon Sigma Phi, the same fraternity as Ferdinand Marcos. He interrupted his studies again however to pursue a career in journalism. According to Máximo Soliven, Aquino "later 'explained' that he had decided to go to as many schools as possible, so that he could make as many new friends as possible."[12] In early 1954, he was appointed by President Ramon Magsaysay, his wedding sponsor to his 1953 wedding at the Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Pasay
with Corazon Cojuangco, to act as personal emissary to Luis Taruc, leader of the Hukbalahap
rebel group. After four months of negotiations, he was credited for Taruc's unconditional surrender[13] and was given a second Philippine Legion of Honor award with the degree of Commander on October 14, 1954.[14] He became mayor of Concepcion in 1955 at the age of 22.[15] Political career[edit]

Benigno Aquino Jr.
Benigno Aquino Jr.
(right) with Ramon Magsaysay
Ramon Magsaysay
in August 1951.

Aquino gained an early familiarity with Philippine politics, as he was born into one of the Philippines' political and landholding clans. His grandfather served under President Aguinaldo, and his father held office under Presidents Quezon
and Jose P. Laurel. As a consequence, Aquino was able to be elected mayor when he was 22 years old. Five years later, he was elected the nation's youngest vice-governor at 27 (the record was surpassed by Jolo Revilla at 25 in 2013). Two years later, he became governor of Tarlac
province in 1961 and then secretary-general of the Liberal Party in 1966. In 1967 he became the youngest elected senator in the country's history, at 34.[citation needed] In 1968, during his first year as senator, Aquino alleged that Marcos was on the road to establishing "a garrison state" by "ballooning the armed forces budget," saddling the defense establishment with "overstaying generals" and "militarizing our civilian government offices."[citation needed] Aquino became known as a constant critic of the Marcos regime, as his flamboyant rhetoric had made him a darling of the media. His most polemical speech, "A Pantheon for Imelda", was delivered on February 10, 1969. He assailed the Cultural Center, the first project of First Lady Imelda Marcos
Imelda Marcos
as extravagant, and dubbed it "a monument to shame" and labelled its designer "a megalomaniac, with a penchant to captivate". By the end of the day, the country's broadsheets had blared that he labelled the President's wife, his cousin Paz's former ward, and a woman he had once courted, "the Philippines' Eva Peron". President Marcos is said to have been outraged and labelled Aquino "a congenital liar". The First Lady's friends angrily accused Aquino of being "ungallant". These so-called "fiscalization" tactics of Aquino quickly became his trademark in the Senate.[citation needed] Early martial law years[edit] It was not until the Plaza Miranda bombing
Plaza Miranda bombing
however on August 21, 1971 that the pattern of direct confrontation between Marcos and Aquino emerged. At 9:15 pm, at the kick-off rally of the Liberal Party, the candidates had formed a line on a makeshift platform and were raising their hands as the crowd applauded. The band played, a fireworks display drew all eyes, when suddenly there were two loud explosions that obviously were not part of the show. In an instant the stage became a scene of wild carnage. The police later discovered two fragmentation grenades that had been thrown at the stage by "unknown persons". Eight people died, and 120 others were wounded, many critically. As Aquino was the only Liberal Party senatorial candidate not present at the incident, many assumed that Aquino's NPA friends tipped him off in advance.[16] Years later, some former Communists claimed responsibility and accused Aquino of being involved, but the party leadership has dismissed this as absurd. No one has ever been prosecuted for the attack.[17] Most historians continue to suspect Marcos as he is known to have used false flag attacks as a pretext for his declaration of martial law at this time.[18] [19] Marcos declared martial law on September 21, 1972 through proclamation 1081 [20] and he went on air to broadcast his declaration on midnight of September 23.[21] Aquino was one of the first to be arrested and imprisoned on trumped-up charges of murder, illegal possession of firearms and subversion. He was tried before Military Commission No. 2 headed by Major-General Jose Syjuco. On April 4, 1975, Aquino announced that he was going on a hunger strike, a fast to the death to protest the injustices of his military trial. Ten days through his hunger strike, he instructed his lawyers to withdraw all motions he had submitted to the Supreme Court. As weeks went by, he subsisted solely on salt tablets, sodium bicarbonate, amino acids, and two glasses of water a day. Even as he grew weaker, suffering from chills and cramps, soldiers forcibly dragged him to the military tribunal's session. His family and hundreds of friends and supporters heard Mass nightly at the Santuario de San Jose in Greenhills, San Juan, praying for his survival. Near the end, Aquino's weight had dropped from 54 to 36 kilos. Aquino nonetheless was able to walk throughout his ordeal. On May 13, 1975, on the 40th day, his family and several priests and friends, begged him to end his fast, pointing out that even Christ fasted only for 40 days. He acquiesced, confident that he had made a symbolic gesture. But he remained in prison, and the trial continued, drawn out for several years. On November 25, 1977, the Military Commission charged Aquino along with NPA leaders Bernabe Buscayno
Bernabe Buscayno
(Commander Dante) and Lt. Victor Corpuz, guilty of all charges and sentenced them to death by firing squad.[22] The death sentence was never carried out as Aquino's death sentence was commuted by President Marcos in May 1980.[23] 1978 elections, bypass surgery, exile[edit]

Room where Aquino was detained from August 1973 to 1980

In 1978, from his prison cell, Aquino was allowed to run in the Philippine parliamentary election, 1978. As Ninoy's liberal party colleagues were boycotting the election, he formed the party Lakas ng Bayan. The party had 21 candidates for the Metro Manila
Metro Manila
area, including Ninoy himself and Alex Boncayao (who was associated with Filipino communist death squad Alex Boncayao Brigade[24] that killed U.S. army captain James N. Rowe). All of the party's candidates, including Ninoy, lost in the election.[25] In mid-March 1980, Aquino suffered a heart attack, mostly in a solitary cell. He was transported to the Philippine Heart Center, where he suffered a second heart attack. ECG and other tests showed that he had a blocked artery. Philippine surgeons were reluctant to do a coronary bypass, because it could involve them in a controversy. In addition, Aquino refused to submit himself to Philippine doctors, fearing possible Marcos "duplicity"; he preferred to go to the United States for the procedure or return to his cell at Fort Bonifacio and die. His request was granted and Ninoy was allowed to go to the US for surgery, together with his entire family. This was arranged after a secret hospital visit by Imelda Marcos. This "emergency leave" was set when Ninoy supposedly agreed to the First Lady's 2 conditions: that if he leaves, he will return; and while in America, he should not speak out against the Marcos regime. Ninoy was operated in Dallas, Texas by Rolando M. Solis, a Filipino American, and the longest practicing Cardioligiat in Dallas currently. After the Surgery, Ninoy made a quick recovery. After which, he decided to renounce the agreement saying, "a pact with the devil is no pact at all".[26]

Aquino in 1981

He, Cory and their children started a new life in Massachusetts. He continued to work on two books and gave a series of lectures while on fellowship grants from Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His travels across the US had become opportunities for him to deliver speeches critical of the Marcos government.[27][28] Throughout his years of expatriation, Aquino was always aware that his life in the U.S. was temporary. He never stopped affirming his eventual return even as he enjoyed American hospitality and a peaceful life with his family on American soil. After spending 7 years and 7 months in prison, Aquino's finances were in ruins. Making up for the lost time as the family's breadwinner, he toured America; attending symposiums, lectures, and giving speeches in freedom rallies opposing the Marcos dictatorship. The most memorable was held at the Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles, California on February 15, 1981.[29] Planning return[edit] In the first quarter of 1983, Aquino received news about the deteriorating political situation in his country and the rumored declining health of President Marcos (due to lupus). He believed that it was expedient for him to speak to Marcos and present to him his rationale for the country's return to democracy, before extremists took over and made such a change impossible. Moreover, his years of absence made his allies worry that the Filipinos might have resigned themselves to Marcos' strongman rule and that without his leadership the centrist opposition would die a natural death.[citation needed] Aquino decided to go back to the Philippines, fully aware of the dangers that awaited him. Warned that he would either be imprisoned or killed, Aquino answered, "if it's my fate to die by an assassin's bullet, so be it. But I cannot be petrified by inaction, or fear of assassination, and therefore stay in the side..."[30] His family, however, learned from a Philippine Consular official that there were orders from Ministry of Foreign Affairs not to issue any passports for them. At that time, their passports had expired and their renewal had been denied. They therefore formulated a plan for Aquino to fly alone (to attract less attention), with the rest of the family to follow him after two weeks. Despite the government's ban on issuing him a passport, Aquino acquired one with the help of Rashid Lucman, a former Mindanao
legislator and founder of the Bangsamoro Liberation Front, a Moro separatist group against Marcos. It carried the alias Marcial Bonifacio (Marcial for martial law and Bonifacio for Fort Bonifacio, his erstwhile prison).[31] He eventually obtained a legitimate passport from a sympathizer working in a Philippine consulate through the help of Roque R. Ablan Jr, then a Congressman. The Marcos government warned all international airlines that they would be denied landing rights and forced to return if they tried to fly Aquino to the Philippines. Aquino insisted that it was his natural right as a citizen to come back to his homeland, and that no government could prevent him from doing so. He left Logan International Airport
Logan International Airport
on August 13, 1983, took a circuitous route home from Boston, via Los Angeles to Singapore. In Singapore, then Tunku Ibrahim Ismail of Johor met Aquino upon his arrival in Singapore
and later brought him to Johor
to meet with other Malaysian leaders.[32] Once in Johor, Aquino met up with Tunku Ibrahim's father, Sultan Iskandar, who was a close friend to Aquino.[33] He then left for Hong Kong and on to Taipei. He had chosen Taipei
as the final stopover when he learned the Philippines
had severed diplomatic ties with the Republic of China
Republic of China
(Taiwan). This made him feel more secure; the Taiwan government could pretend they were not aware of his presence. There would also be a couple of Taiwanese friends accompanying him. From Taipei
he flew to Manila
on then Taiwan's flag carrier China Airlines
China Airlines
Flight 811.[citation needed] Marcos wanted Aquino to stay out of politics, however Aquino asserted his willingness to suffer the consequences declaring, "the Filipino is worth dying for."[34] He wished to express an earnest plea for Marcos to step down, for a peaceful regime change and a return to democratic institutions. Anticipating the worst, at an interview in his suite at the Taipei
Grand Hotel, he revealed that he would be wearing a bullet-proof vest, but he also said that "it's only good for the body, but in the head there's nothing else we can do." Sensing his own doom, he told the journalists accompanying him on the flight, "You have to be very ready with your hand camera because this action can become very fast. In a matter of a three or four minutes it could be all over, you know, and [laughing] I may not be able to talk to you again after this."[35] His last televised interview,[36] with journalist Jim Laurie, took place on the flight just prior to his assassination. In his last formal statement that he was not able to deliver, he said, "I have returned on my free will to join the ranks of those struggling to restore our rights and freedoms through non-violence. I seek no confrontation."[37] Assassination[edit]

A moving screen shot of Aquino as he was being escorted out of the plane by military personnel, less than a minute before being killed.

Main article: Assassination of Benigno Aquino Jr. Aquino was assassinated on August 21, 1983, when he was shot in the head after returning to the country. At the time, bodyguards were assigned to him by the Marcos government. A subsequent investigation produced controversy but with no definitive results. After Marcos' government was overthrown, another investigation found sixteen defendants guilty. They were all sentenced to life in prison. Some were released over the years, the last ones in March 2009.[38] Another man present at the airport tarmac, Rolando Galman, was shot dead shortly after Aquino was killed. The Marcos government claimed Galman was the trigger man in Aquino's assassination. After the assassination, the opposition ran for the Regular Batasang Pambansa under the United Nationalist Democratic Organization
United Nationalist Democratic Organization
(UNIDO) and the Partido Demokratikong Pilipino- Lakas ng Bayan
Lakas ng Bayan
(PDP-LABAN) against the ruling Kilusang Bagong Lipunan
Kilusang Bagong Lipunan
of Ferdinand Marcos. In the wake of the massive outpouring of protest and discontent following the assassination of Ninoy, the opposition performed better during the Philippine parliamentary election, 1984
Philippine parliamentary election, 1984
compared to the Philippine parliamentary election, 1978, winning 61 seats out of 183 seats or 33%. Funeral[edit]

Sen. Ninoy Aquino's grave (right) is next to his wife Corazon Aquino's (left) at the Manila Memorial Park
Manila Memorial Park
in Parañaque, Philippines.

Aquino's body lay in state in a coffin. No effort was made to disguise a bullet wound that had disfigured his face. In an interview with Aquino's mother, Aurora, she told the funeral parlor not to apply makeup nor embalm her son, to see "what they did to my son". Thousands of supporters flocked to see the bloodied body of Aquino, which took place at the Aquino household in Times Street, West Triangle, Quezon City, for nine days. Aquino's wife, Corazon Aquino, and children Ballsy, Pinky, Viel, Noynoy and Kris arrived the day after the assassination. Aquino's funeral procession on August 31 lasted from 9 a.m., when his funeral mass was held at Santo Domingo Church
Santo Domingo Church
in Santa Mesa
Santa Mesa
Heights, Quezon
City, with the Cardinal Archbishop of Manila, Jaime Sin
Jaime Sin
officiating, to 9 p.m., when his body was interred at the Manila
Memorial Park. More than two million people lined the streets during the procession which was aired by the Church-sponsored Radio Veritas, the only station to do so. The procession reached Rizal Park, where the Philippine flag was brought to half-staff.[citation needed] Jovito Salonga, then head of the Liberal Party, referred to Aquino as "the greatest president we never had",[39] adding:

Ninoy was getting impatient in Boston, he felt isolated by the flow of events in the Philippines. In early 1983, Marcos was seriously ailing, the Philippine economy was just as rapidly declining, and insurgency was becoming a serious problem. Ninoy thought that by coming home he might be able to persuade Marcos to restore democracy and somehow revitalize the Liberal Party.[39]


Ninoy Aquino
Ninoy Aquino
on a 2000 stamp of the Philippines

Ninoy Aquino
Ninoy Aquino
Monument (Pampanga Provincial Capitol).

The Manila
International Airport (MIA) where he was assassinated was renamed Ninoy Aquino International Airport
Ninoy Aquino International Airport
(NAIA) and his image is printed on the 500-peso note. August 21, the anniversary of his death, is Ninoy Aquino
Ninoy Aquino
Day, an annual public holiday in the Philippines.[40] Several monuments were built because of their demands to be honored. Most renowned is the bronze memorial in Makati City
Makati City
near the Philippine Stock Exchange, which has become a popular venue for anti-government rallies and large demonstrations. Another bronze statue is in front of the Municipal Building of Concepcion, Tarlac. Although Aquino was recognized as the most prominent and most dynamic complainer of his generation, in the years prior to martial law he was regarded by many as being a representative of the entrenched familial elite which to this day dominates Philippine politics. While atypically telegenic and uncommonly articulate, he had his share of detractors and was not known to be immune to ambitions and excesses of the ruling political class. However, during his seven years and seven months imprisoned as a criminal, Aquino read the book Born Again by convicted Watergate
conspirator Charles Colson
Charles Colson
and it inspired him to a rude awakening.[41] As a result, the remainder of his personal and political life had a distinct spiritual sheen. He emerged as a contemporary counterpart of Jose Rizal, who was among the most vocal proponents of the use of non-violence to combat a repressive regime at the time, following the model of Gandhi
and Martin Luther King. Some remained skeptical of Aquino's redirected spiritual focus and they were right, but it ultimately had an effect on his wife's political ambition. While some may question the prominence given Aquino in Philippine history, it was his assassination that was pivotal to the eventual restoration of constitutional democracy in the Philippines. Personal life[edit] On October 11, 1954, he married Corazon "Cory" Sumulong Cojuangco, with whom he had five children:[42]

Maria Elena (Ballsy, born August 18, 1955), married to Eldon Cruz, with sons Justin Benigno (Jiggy) and Eldon Jr. (Jonty) Aurora Corazon (Pinky, born December 27, 1957), married to Manuel Abellada, with son Miguel and daughter Nina Benigno Simeon III (Noynoy, born February 8, 1960), the 15th President of the Philippines Victoria Elisa (Viel, born October 27, 1961), married to Joseph Dee, with son Francis (Kiko), daughter Jacinta Patricia (Jia) Kristina Bernadette (Kris, born February 14, 1971), formerly married to James Yap
James Yap
(Separated in 2010), with sons Joshua Philip Aquino Salvador (Josh) and James Aquino Yap Jr. (Bimby)

In a June 1981 interview with Pat Robertson
Pat Robertson
on The 700 Club, Aquino said he was raised Catholic. According to him, his religious awakening began after reading Evangelical Christian
Evangelical Christian
author Charles Colson's 1976 book Born Again, during his solitary confinement under the Marcos regime.[43] Ancestry[edit]

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Ancestors of Benigno Aquino Jr.

16. Hilario Aquino

8. Braulio Aquino

17. Isabela Lacsamana

4. Servillano Aquino

18. Dionisio Aguilar

9. Petrona Aguilar

19. Juana Petrona Henson

2. Benigno Aquino Sr.

10. Pablo Quiambao

5. Guadalupe Quiambao

22. Vicente Tañedo

11. Lorenza Tañedo

23. Fausta García

1. Benigno Aquino Jr.

12. Milencio Aquino

6. Agapito Aquino

13. Evarista de los Santos

3. Aurora Aquino

28. Juan Lampa

14. Lorenzo Lampa

29. Teodora Lenun

7. Gerarda Lampa

15. Gertrudes Miranda


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Political offices

Preceded by Arsenio A. Lugay Governor of Tarlac
Province February 17, 1961–December 30, 1967 Succeeded by Eduardo Cojuangco Jr.

Senate of the Philippines

Preceded by not applicable Senator of the Republic December 30, 1967–September 23, 1972 Succeeded by not applicable

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Corazon Aquino

11th President of the Philippines


Benigno S. Aquino Jr. (husband) Benigno S. Aquino III (son) María Elena Cruz (daughter) Aurora Corazón Abellada (daughter) Victoria Elisa Dee (daughter) Kristina Bernadette Aquino (daughter) José Cojuangco Sr. (father) Demetria Sumulong (mother) Juan Sumulong
Juan Sumulong
(grandfather) Eduardo Cojuangco (uncle) Eduardo Cojuangco Jr. (cousin) José Cojuangco Jr. (brother) Josephine C. Reyes
Josephine C. Reyes
(sister) Mark Cojuangco (nephew) Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski (niece)


College of Mount Saint Vincent



1986 Snap elections EDSA Revolution 1992 Presidential Election

Landmark laws and agreements

1987 Philippine Constitution Family Code Local Government and Administrative Codes Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program


Mendiola massacre 1986–90 coup attempts 1989 Davao hostage crisis 1989 civil unrest 1990 Mindanao
crisis Vizconde massacre Hultman–Chapman double-murder case

Natural disasters

1990 Luzon earthquake Thelma (Uring) Nina (Sisang) Sinking of MV Doña Paz PR 206 crash 1991 Mount Pinatubo
Mount Pinatubo

Diplomatic incidents/ International relations

Marcos scandals Operation Big Bird


1998 elections 2004 elections 2005 electoral crisis 2007 elections Death and memorial service


The Last Journey of Ninoy

Predecessor: Ferdinand Marcos, 10th President of the Philippines Successor: Fidel V. Ramos, 12th President of the Philippines

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Benigno Aquino III

15th President of the Philippines


Benigno Aquino Jr.
Benigno Aquino Jr.
(father) Corazon Aquino
Corazon Aquino
(mother) Kris Aquino
Kris Aquino
(sister) Benigno Aquino Sr.
Benigno Aquino Sr.
(grandfather) Servillano Aquino
Servillano Aquino
(great-grandfather) Juan Sumulong
Juan Sumulong
(great-grandfather) Herminio Aquino (granduncle) Butz Aquino (uncle) Jose Cojuangco
Jose Cojuangco
Jr. (uncle) Tessie Aquino-Oreta
Tessie Aquino-Oreta
(aunt) Bam Aquino
Bam Aquino
(cousin) Bimby Aquino Yap (nephew)


Ateneo de Manila

Political career

Liberal Party Representative from Tarlac's 2nd District Senate Political views


Elections and inauguration

2010 elections

Death and funeral of Corazon Aquino Aquino-Roxas 2010 Aquino–Binay 2010 Transition Inauguration Inaugural address SONA (2010)

2013 elections 2016 elections

Roxas-Robredo 2016

Landmark laws and agreements

Reproductive Health Bill K-12 Program Disbursement Acceleration Program Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro Anti-Cybercrime Law Creation of the Negros Island Region
Negros Island Region
and the Department of Information and Communications Technology

Natural disasters


Washi (Sendong) Haiyan (Yolanda) Bopha (Pablo) Hagupit (Ruby) Koppu (Lando) Melor (Nona)


Negros Bohol/Cebu

Domestic incidents/ issues

Extrajudicial killings 2011 AFP corruption scandal Impeachments

Merceditas Gutierrez Renato Corona

Masbate plane crash and Death of Jesse Robredo Pork barrel scam and Million People March Zamboanga City crisis Operation Darkhorse 2014 Bukidnon bus bombing New Bilibid Prison raids Mamasapano clash Kentex slipper factory fire 2015 MRT-3 controversy Iglesia ni Cristo leadership controversy and protests 2015 Lumad massacre "Laglag/Tanim bala" scandal 2016 Kidapawan protests Diwata-1
launching Commission on Elections data breach Close-Up Forever Summer concert tragedy

Diplomatic incidents/ International relations

International trips Manila
hostage crisis Scarborough Shoal standoff Aman Futures & Rasuman Group pyramiding scam 2013 Lahad Datu standoff 2013 Guang Da Xing No. 28 incident Philippines
v. China arbitration case Death of Jennifer Laude Pope Francis' visit to the Philippines Mary Jane Veloso
Mary Jane Veloso
case APEC Philippines
2015 Bangladesh Bank heist


15th Congress 16th Congress Noy Noynoying The Last Journey of Ninoy

Predecessor: Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, 14th President of the Philippines Successor: Rodrigo Duterte, 16th President of the Philippines

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Martial law in the Philippines
and People Power Revolution

Batas militar sa Pilipinas


1965 Presidential elections Conjugal dictatorship Philippines– United States
United States
relations US imperialism Cold War Vietnam War First Quarter Storm Communist insurgency Sabah claim Jabidah massacre Islamic insurgency 1969 elections Agrarian reform Coco Levy Fund scam


Proclamation No. 1081 Human rights violations Plaza Miranda bombing 1973 Constitution 1978 elections Interim Batasang Pambansa Assassination of Benigno Aquino Jr. Snap elections



Ferdinand Marcos Imelda Marcos Fabian Ver Danding Cojuangco Cesar Virata Arturo Tolentino


Ninoy Aquino Corazon Aquino Salvador Laurel Juan Ponce Enrile Fidel V. Ramos Gringo Honasan Jaime Cardinal Sin Claudio Teehankee Jovito Salonga Jose Diokno Diosdado Macapagal


Jose Maria Sison Bernabe Buscayno



Epifanio de los Santos Avenue Ortigas Center Camp Aguinaldo Camp Crame Club Filipino Malacañang Palace Hawaii


Makati Mandaluyong Pasig San Juan Quezon



Nepotism Operation Big Bird Mendiola massacre 1987 elections Coup d'état Japanese Official Development Assistance scandal Death of Ferdinand Marcos


Aquino Presidency Presidential Commission on Good Government 1987 Constitution Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Philippine National Police Ramos Presidency


Bagong Pagsilang Bayan Ko Dekada '70


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National symbols of the Philippines


Arnis Coat of arms Filipino language Flag "Lupang Hinirang" "Maka-Diyos, Maka-Tao, Makakalikasan at Makabansa" Narra Philippine eagle Philippine pearl Sampaguita


Adobo Anahaw Bakya Balangay Barong and Baro't saya "Bayan Ko" Carabao Cariñosa Jeepney Juan de la Cruz Lechon Malacañang Palace Mango Manila Milkfish National Seal Nipa hut Tinikling Sinigang Sipa Waling-waling

National heroes

Emilio Aguinaldo Melchora Aquino Andrés Bonifacio Marcelo H. del Pilar Sultan Dipatuan Kudarat Juan Luna Apolinario Mabini José Rizal Gabriela Silang

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Service Cross recipients    

Emilio Aguinaldo Benigno Aquino Jr. Ramon Magsaysay Jesse Robredo Carlos P. Romulo

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    Philippine Legion of Honor recipients    

Chief Commander (Punong Komandante)

Emilio Aguinaldo Hassanal Bolkiah Chiang Kai-shek Dwight D. Eisenhower Leonardo Espina Francisco Franco José P. Laurel Douglas MacArthur Ferdinand Marcos Imelda Marcos Sergio Osmeña Jesse Robredo Chino Roces Franklin D. Roosevelt Jaime Sin Achmad Sukarno Lorenzo Tañada Maxwell D. Taylor Claudio Teehankee

Grand Commander (Marangal na Komandante)

Gilbert Teodoro Emilio Yap Fernando Zóbel de Ayala Jaime Zóbel de Ayala Jaime Augusto Zóbel de Ayala II

Grand Officer (Marangal na Pinuno)

Teodoro Locsin Jr.

Commander (Komandante)

Benigno Aquino Jr. Eulogio Balao Alfredo Montelibano Sr.

Officer (Pinuno)

Benigno Aquino Jr. Manny Pacquiao

Legionnaire (Lehiyonaryo)

Escuadrón 201 Teddy Boy Locsin Edith Nourse Rogers Richard Sakakida

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 112698284 LCCN: n79032553 ISNI: 0000 0001 1699 4423 GND: 119432986 SUDOC: 111003024 BNF: cb14518014d (data) NDL: 00620