Benigno Aquino, Jr.

Benigno Aquino, Jr.

Filipino Politician

Benigno Simeon "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr. was a Filipino Senator and a former Governor of Tarlac. Aquino, together with Gerry Roxas and Jovito Salonga, formed the leadership of the opposition to the Marcos regime in the years leading to the imposition of martial law in the Philippines. In 1973 he was arrested and incarcerated for 7 years, but was allowed to depart for the United States to seek medical treatment after he suffered a heart attack in 1980.… Read More

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1932 Birth Benigno Simeón Aquino y Aquino was born in Concepcion, Tarlac on 27 November 1932, to a prosperous family of hacenderos, original owners of Hacienda Maling, Hacienda Sawang and Hacienda Murcia. … Read More


…  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.
1955 23 Years Old He became mayor of Concepcion in 1955 at the age of 22. … Read More
1961 29 Years Old Two years later he became governor of Tarlac province in 1961 at age 29, then secretary-general of the Liberal Party in 1966.


1967 35 Years Old In 1967 he became the youngest elected senator in the country's history at age 34.
1968 36 Years Old 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".
1969 37 Years Old 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. … Read More
1971 39 Years Old It was not until the Plaza Miranda bombing however—on August 21, 1971, 12 years to the day before Aquino's own assassination—that the pattern of direct confrontation between Marcos and Aquino emerged. … Read More


1972 40 Years Old President Marcos declared martial law on September 21, 1972 through proclamation 1081 and he went on air to broadcast his declaration on midnight of September 23. … Read More
1975 43 Years Old 1 More Event
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. … Read More
1977 45 Years Old On November 25, 1977, the Military Commission found Aquino guilty of all charges and sentenced him to death by firing squad.
1980 48 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 1980 Aquino was permitted to travel to the 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. … Read More
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