Marcos was presumed to be behind the killing, and Benigno's assassination set off a wave of protests against Marcos' administration. While she gracefully dealt with her husband's death, Aquino evolved into a national symbol of reform.
With international pressure bearing down on his administration, Marcos unexpectedly called for presidential elections in February 1986.
Along the way, he challenged the rule of the country's president, Ferdinand Marcos.
Elected to the presidency in 1965, Marcos' administration was marred by corruption, human rights violations and political repression.
Read more » MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte paid tribute to the late senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr.
and former president Corazon "Cory" Aquino by sending flowers to their tomb at the Manila Memorial Park ahead of All Saints' Day.
Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr., would have his way, it's about time the nation closed the book on the assassination.