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Philippines mourns 'Noynoy' Aquino, a man who actually beat China

Posterity will remember former president as a true pillar of strength

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Former President Benigno Aquino, pictured in August 2018: his wins now face the frightening specter of the Marcos family.   © AP

William Pesek is an award-winning Tokyo-based journalist and author of "Japanization: What the World Can Learn from Japan's Lost Decades."

The Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino memory I cherish most is the Philippine reformer telling ghost stories -- literally.

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