Metro Manila · Benigno "PNoy" "Noynoy" Aquino III (* 8 February 1960)
Benigno Simeon Aquino III, fondly known as Noynoy or PNoy, rose to power during the 2010's elections, one year after his mother - the former president 'Cory' Aquino passed away. With the outpour of sympathy for the family because of the democracy ikon’s death and with Noynoy being the symbol of hope for the country, the unmarried Aquino won his bid for the Philippine presidency in 2010 and led the country until 2016.
Noynoy comes from a political family with him being a fourth generation politician. His great grandfather Mianong Aquino was a delegate in the Malolos Congress while his grandfather Benigno Aquino, Sr. was a member of the House of Representatives in the early 40s. His parents Cory and Ninoy served as Senator and President respectively.
His father Ninoy Aquino, a known political figure and critic of the Marcos regime was assassinated when he flew back to the capital. This resulted to an outburst of emotions among the masses and the elite alike. Ninoy’s assassination inspired the People Power Revolution also known as the EDSA Revolution led by Marcos’ former allies and Ninoy’s wife Cory. The peaceful protest to remove the strongman from the Palace paved the way for Noynoy’s mother to become the first woman president of the country.