Aquino, Philippine ex-leader who challenged China, is buried

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Former Philippine President Benigno Aquino III has been buried. Thousands lined the streets of Manila on Saturday to remember him for defending democracy in the Southeast Asian nation. He’s also known for standing up to China in bitter territorial disputes and striking a peace deal with Muslim guerrillas. Aquino died Thursday at age 61 of kidney disease following a long public absence. His single, six-year term ended in 2016. A silver urn with Aquino’s remains was placed beside the tomb of his mother, former President Corazon Aquino, who restored democracy in 1986. President Joe Biden called Aquino a valued friend and U.S. partner who served his country with integrity.