Benigno Aquino III, Philippine president who revitalized country’s economy, dies at 61

In international affairs, his presidency is perhaps best remembered for its firm stance on territorial rights in the South China Sea. The Aquino government brought a case against China’s maritime claims in these waters before the Permanent Court of Arbitration. In July 2016, after Aquino’s tenure, the court ruled in favor of the Philippines. But Rodrigo Duterte, a political opponent who succeeded him as president, has largely avoided confronting Beijing.

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