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New Philippines President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino wins in a landslide election and promises to end poverty and fight corruption.

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>>THE AQUINO ADMINISTRATION WILL ONLY CONTINUE PROGRAMS OF THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION THAT ARE IN LINE WITH THE PLATFORM WE HAVE SET FORTH DURING THE CAMPAIGN. ANY DEVIANT PROGRAMS AND POLICIES WILL BE REFORMULATED TO FIT THE GENERAL DIRECTION OF THE GOVERNMENT’S PLAN OF ACTION.<<

The new Philippines president describes his plans for his new administration to Asean Affairs.

Q: What are your top priorities as the new President of the Philippines?

A: The Aquino administration will prioritize the following goals: First, eradicate corruption in the government and ensure that taxes are spent properly; Second, generate jobs so that working abroad will no longer be a necessity to survive but merely an option;Third, reform the justice system to ensure speedy prosecutions and to enable the poor to have access to a fair trial; Fourth, provide universal basic education that is up to par with the international standard to enable the Filipino to compete globally; and fifth, provide universal health care to all Filipinos.

Q: What are the policies of the previous administration, business or otherwise, that your new government will continue to pursue, and why?

A: The Aquino administration will only continue programs of the previous administration that are in line with the platform we have set forth during the campaign. Any deviant programs and policies will be reformulated to fit the general direction of the government’s plan of action.
I plan to continue the poverty alleviation programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) such as Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan - Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) which has proven to be effective in improving the welfare of the poor especially in the rural areas. I plan to continue the modernization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the improvement of the tax collection efficiency measures being undertaken by the Department of Finance (DOF).......


Biography of Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” C. Aquino III
Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” C. Aquino III was elected the 15th president of the Philippines and was officially proclaimed the winner of the 2010 national election on June 9, by the Congress of the Philippines.

He was born Feb. 8, 1960. His parents were former President Corazon Aquino and former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. Prior to his election he served as a congressman in the Philippine House of Representatives from 1998 to 2007. He was barred from seeking re-election and so ran as a senator in 2007 and served in that role, until he assumed the presidency.

Following the death of his mother on Aug. 1, 2009, many in the Philippines began calling on him to run for the presidency.
He is executive vice president of the Liberal Party, is the first bachelor to serve as president and the second president to abstain from drinking alcohol.

He was born in Manila and graduated from Ateneo de Manila University with a bachelor’s degree in economics 1981 and joined his family in their exile in the United States. He returned to the Philippines in 1983 shortly after the assassination of his

father on Aug. 21, 1983 and held several positions in the private sector. In 1998, he ran for a seat in the House of Representatives and won.He would serve as congressman of the 2nd District of Tarlac until 2007.

In his nine years in the Lower House, Noynoy focused on the fiscal role of a legislator. He felt that there were already too many laws, and good ones at that, but they seemingly lacked proper implementation. He concentrated on crafting laws that would help create opportunity rather than impose additional burdens on those who are already disadvantaged.

In November 2004, he became Deputy House Speaker of Luzon, but he relinquished the post when he joined leaders of the Liberal Party (LP) in calling for the resignation of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo at the height of the “Hello Garci” scandal. In May 2007, he ran for senator and won, placing sixth in the national elections. He chaired the Senate Committee on Local Government, and was also the vice-chairperson of the Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

In his letter from prison many years ago, Ninoy said to Noynoy, “Son, the ball is now in your hands.” Information in this biography was obtained from the Office of the President and other sources.

 

 

 

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