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(Manila, The Philippines – 24 June 2010) – SenatorBenigno Smeon Cojuangco Aquino III, son to former Philippine president CorazonC. Aquino and slain hero Benigno S. Aquino, Jr. will be sworn in as the 15president of the Philippinesat noon of June 30.
A year ago,Aquino was virtually a non-contender for the presidency until his mother passedaway in August of 2009 after a year long battle over colon cancer catapultedhis name to become the most popular candidate for the presidency. On May 10 ofthis year, Aquino won a large majority of votes in the country’s first fullyelectronic voting.
Jejomar C.Binay, mayor of Makati City, the country’sfinancial & business center and a long-time ally of the Aquino family butran under the campaign of former president Joseph E. Estrada was electedVice-President. Binay was virtually at third place at the start of the campaignin January of this year but overtook two more popular candidates includingAquino’s running mate, and fellow senator Mar Roxas.
Aquino willgracefully take over from Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who has been president forthe last nine years, winning her own six year mandate after taking over theremaining three years of ousted president Joseph Estrada in 2001.
The Arroyoadministration has been plagued with several controversies involving largescale and multi-million dollar worth of scandals involving state funds. Aquino’scampaign platform centered on ending corruption in government.
Arroyo madeher farewell speech on national television this Wednesday, a week before shesteps down from office and highlighted the achievements of her governmentincluding the stable economic condition of the Philippines, jobs creation for 14million people and several key infrastructure projects linking the Philippineislands.
Aquino, andArroyo are both children of former presidents and have been at odds politicallysince the two groups parted ways in 2004 when Arroyo’s election victory wasallegedly engineered via election cheating. Aquino was a former student ofArroyo in his college years. Both are economists by training and will be seentogether on June 30 as Arroyo escorts Aquino to the Quirino grandstand, in atraditional transfer of power from one president to another.
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