Former Philippine president Benigno Aquino III flashes the ‘L’ sign meaning “Fight!” as he leads a 2018 commemoration of the assassination of his father. Aquino died on June 24 at the age of 61. Photo: AP Former Philippine president Benigno Aquino III flashes the ‘L’ sign meaning “Fight!” as he leads a 2018 commemoration of the assassination of his father. Aquino died on June 24 at the age of 61. Photo: AP
Former Philippine president Benigno Aquino III flashes the ‘L’ sign meaning “Fight!” as he leads a 2018 commemoration of the assassination of his father. Aquino died on June 24 at the age of 61. Photo: AP
Mark R Thompson
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Mark R Thompson

Benigno Aquino’s lost liberal ‘yellow’ legacy in the Philippines

  • The late former president’s liberal reformist agenda was upended by his failure to address structural problems, which successor Rodrigo Duterte seized upon
  • But his legacy of decency, commitment to democracy and national sovereignty may one day again prove relevant in a post-populist Philippines

Former Philippine president Benigno Aquino III flashes the ‘L’ sign meaning “Fight!” as he leads a 2018 commemoration of the assassination of his father. Aquino died on June 24 at the age of 61. Photo: AP Former Philippine president Benigno Aquino III flashes the ‘L’ sign meaning “Fight!” as he leads a 2018 commemoration of the assassination of his father. Aquino died on June 24 at the age of 61. Photo: AP
Former Philippine president Benigno Aquino III flashes the ‘L’ sign meaning “Fight!” as he leads a 2018 commemoration of the assassination of his father. Aquino died on June 24 at the age of 61. Photo: AP
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Mark R Thompson

Mark R Thompson

Mark R. Thompson is head of the department of Asian and International Studies and director of the Southeast Asia Research Centre at the City University of Hong Kong. He is co-editor of "Dynasties and Female Political Leaders in Asia: Gender, Power and Pedigree".