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Benigno Aquino, Jr

  • Birth 27 Nov 1932 Tarlac Province, Central Luzon, Philippines
  • Death 21 Aug 1983 Parañaque, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines
  • Burial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines
  • Memorial ID 8260401

Philippine Political Leader. He was a leading opposition opponent in the Philippines during the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos. When martial law was declared in 1972, Benigno Aquino Jr. was imprisoned on subversion charges and sentenced to death which was later commuted. He was allowed to leave the country to seek medical treatment in the United States. Upon his return home, while leaving the plane at Manila International Airport, he was gunned down by a lone assassin. Although one of Ninoy's soldier/bodyguards did the shooting, theories of a conspiracy remain involving the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos. After a mass at St. Domingo Church, an eleven hour funeral march ensued through twenty five miles of Manila streets with an estimated two million people participating or lining the route of the cortege to the cemetery. The event thrust his widow Cory into becoming head of the opposition coalition against Marcos. she in 1986 became president when after a disputed election, Marcos fled the country. Benigno S. Aquino never lived to lead the Philippine nation but has been honored in the renaming of Manila International Airport to Ninoy Aquino International and his image appears on a 500-peso note. A gold coin was issued to commemorate the 20th anniversary of his death.

Bio by: Donald Greyfield

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Donald Greyfield
  • Added: 11 Jan 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8260401
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Benigno Aquino, Jr (27 Nov 1932–21 Aug 1983), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8260401, citing Manila Memorial Park, Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by Find A Grave .