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Former Philippines president Benigno Aquino died in Manila on Thursday at the age of 61 after being hospitalized hours earlier.

Politicians, diplomats and personalities expressed condolences and praised the legacy that Aquino left, according to posts on social media.

"We will remember president Aquino fondly for his service to the country," presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a video posted to Twitter.

Vice President Leni Robredo said in a tweet: "He tried to do what was right, even when it was not popular. He will be missed."

"It is with profound sadness that I learned this morning of the passing of former president Benigno Aquino III," supreme court justice Marvic Leonen, who was appointed by Aquino in 2012, said in a statement. "I knew him to be a kind man, driven by his passion to serve our people... It was an honour to have served with him."

The cause of death has not been announced, but the former president had been fighting various diseases since 2019 and had undergone months of dialysis and a recent heart operation, Rappler reported.

All flags in Manila we flying at half-mast Thursday.