EDSA hero and former actor Agapito “Butz” Aquino, passed away on Monday.
- Butz Aquino was best known for his leadership in the August Twenty One Movement (ATOM).
- He is one of the major heroes of the 1986 Edsa People Power Revolution that ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a statement, “He played a prominent role in the parliament of the streets that fought the dictatorship’s bayonets, truncheons, and tear gas with peaceful non-violent assemblies, yellow confetti, and ati-atihan drums.”
He added, Butz who “crystalized” moves towards democracy by being the “first public figure to ask Filipinos from all walks of life to gather at the Isetann department store and provide civilian protection to those elements of the Armed Forces and Constabulary that had decided to go against the dictatorship.”
After the 1986 People Power Revolution, Butz Aquino was elected to serve in the Senate “where he became an advocate of cooperatives and the interest of small farmers, and subsequently, in the House of Representatives.”
As senator, he authored several laws, including the Magna Carta for Small Farmers, Seed Act and the Cooperative Code of the Philippines. In his younger years, Agapito “Butz” Aquino was an actor who played supporting roles in several movies from the mid-1960s to 1983, the year his older brother, former Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. was assassinated.
From 1998 to 2007, Butz Aquino was then elected as a congressman in second district of Makati. In the 2010 elections, he ran for mayor of Makati City but lost to Junjun Binay. After that he retired from politics, he was still in public view as he appeared in two movies, Palos in 2008 and I Heart You Pare in 2011.
Agapito Aquino (May 20, 1939 – August 17, 2015), more popularly known as Butz Aquino. He was born to former senator Benigno Aquino, Sr., and Aurora Aquino. He was the brother of former senators Benigno Aquino, Jr. and Tessie Aquino-Oreta, as well as the uncle of President Benigno Aquino III. According to his nephew, Senator Bam Aquino, he died at the Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan at 4:22 p.m. due to complications from various ailments. He was 76.
His nephew Sen. Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, posted on his Facebook timeline: “Former Sen. Butz Aquino passed away this afternoon due to natural causes. He will be remembered for his bravery and leadership during the martial law days leading to People Power. He worked tirelessly until his final days supporting the cooperative movement. He was my favorite Ninong, always kind and supportive. He brought joy, happiness and laughter to those around him. He will be missed by his loved ones and comrades.”IMAGE/ Nino Sinco