Profiling the Candidates for the 2010 Presidential Elections: Noynoy Aquino

Full Name: Benigno Aquino III
Born: February 8, 1960
Parents: former President Cory Aquino and Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr.
Religion: Roman Catholic

Current Position: Senator of the Republic of the Philippines

Political Party: Liberal Party
Running Mate: Mar Roxas
Senators:

  • Franklin Drilon
  • Ralph Recto
  • Riza Hontiveros
  • Ruffy Biazon
  • Nerus Acosta
  • Teofisto Guingona III
  • Sonia Roco
  • Alexander Biazon
  • Martin Bautista
  • Yasmin Busran-Lao
  • Sergio Osmeña

Brief History

Noynoy Aquino studied in Ateneo de Manila University for his elementary, high school, and college education, graduating in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. After college, he joined his family in Boston in exile.

In 1983, shortly after the murder of his father, Noynoy had a short tenure as a member of the Philippine Business for Social Progress. From 1985 to 1986, he was retail sales supervisor and youth promotions assistant for Nike Philippines and later an assistant for advertising and promotion for Mondragon Philippines. In 1986, he joined Intra-Strata Assurance Corp. as vice-president of the family-owned corporation.

On August 28, 1987, eighteen months into the presidency of Aquino’s mother, rebel soldiers led by Gregorio Honasan staged an unsuccessful coup attempt, attempting to siege Malacañang Palace. Aquino was two blocks from the palace when he came under fire. Three of his four security escorts were killed, and the last was wounded protecting him. Aquino himself was hit by five bullets, one of which is still embedded in his neck.

From 1986 to 1993, Aquino was vice president and treasurer for Best Security Agency Corporation, a firm owned by his uncle Antolin Oreta. He went to work for the Central Azucarera de Tarlac in 1993, the sugar refinery owned by the Cojuangco clan. He started out as an executive assistant for administration, before becoming field services manager in 1996.

Life in Politics

Noynoy is a leading member of the Liberal Party. He currently holds the position of Vice Chairman of the Liberal Party, having assumed the post on 17 March 2006. He was previously Secretary General of the party (1999-2002), Vice-President of the Luzon Liberal Party (2002-2004), and Secretary General of the party (2004-16 March 2006).

He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1998, representing the 2nd District of Tarlac. He won re-election in 2001 and 2004, and served until 2007.

Noynoy served on numerous committees as a member of Congress: the Public Order and Security, Transportation and Communications, Agriculture, Banks &and Financial Intermediaries, Peoples’ Participation, Suffrage and Electoral Reforms, Appropriations, Natural Resources, and Trade and Industry committees (11th Congress), the Civil, Political and Human Rights, Good Government, Public Order and Security, Inter-Parliamentary Relations and Diplomacy committees (12th Congress), and the Banks and Financial Intermediaries, Energy, Export Promotion, Public Order and Safety committees (13th Congress).

He was also Deputy Speaker from November 8, 2004 to February 21, 2006.

One of Noynoy’s key legislative initiatives was to make requiring the procurement of the petroleum, oil and lubricants requirements of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to be done by public bidding.

Noynoy was elected to the Senate in the May 14, 2007 midterm elections under the banner of the Genuine Opposition (GO), a coalition comprising a number of parties, including his own Liberal Party, seeking to curb attempts by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to amend the Constitution.

Politics

TANGGALIN ANG TIWALI, ITAMA ANG MALI. “Corruption is the single biggest threat to our democracy. It deprives the poor of the social services they badly need. I destroys the very moral fiber of our society. No reform agenda will succeed without a determined program to eradicate corruption.”

Platform

Transformational Leadership

  1. From a President who tolerates corruption to a President who is the nation’s first and most determined fighter of corruption
  2. From a government that merely conjures economic growth statistics that our people know to be unreal to a government that prioritizes jobs that empower the people and provide them with opportunities to rise above poverty
  3. From relegating education to just one of many concerns to making education the central strategy for investing in our people, reducing poverty and building national competitiveness
  4. From treating health as just another area for political patronage to recognizing the advancement and protection of public health, which includes responsible parenthood, as key measures of good governance
  5. From justice that money and connections can buy to a truly impartial system of institutions that deliver equal justice to rich or poor

My 2cents on Noynoy

I believe that Noynoy Aquino is best known for being the son of former president Cory Aquino. Given that, he has a pretty good fight in this 2010 elections. His consistency in being either ranked number one or number two in the surveys is an evidence.

According to PoliticalArena.com,

It is in his bloodline. It is his heritage. For him, democracy restored must be enshrined without fear but with greatest fervor.

Also, during the funeral services of former Pres. Cory Aquino, Kris, Noynoy’s brother, has stated that never once had Pres. Cory ever been a corrupt leader. We can all hope that this lives on in the blood of her son, Noynoy Aquino.

Sources: Wikipedia, PoliticalArena, Noynoy.ph

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One thought on “Profiling the Candidates for the 2010 Presidential Elections: Noynoy Aquino

  1. Well, I’m just hope for a clean and safe election this 2010. And who ever wins as the race for presidency, I wish he/she can change our country from its current state. Thanks for sharing this list. I am well informed. Keep posting!

    -pia-

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