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Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III - Fifteenth President

Fifth President of the Fourth Republic (1986 Constitution)


Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III , born February 8, 1960 is the fifteenth and current president of the Philippines. He is the son of two democracy icons, former President Corazon Aquino (First President of the Fourth Republic and Hero of the Edsa Revolution of 1986) and former Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr.

He is also known as Noynoy Aquino or, as he prefers to be called, P-Noy ( for President Noy ). P-Noy is a fourth-generation politician:

  • his great-grandfather, Servillano "Mianong" Aquino, served as a delegate to the Malolos Congress;
  • his grandfather, Benigno Aquino, Sr., held several legislative positions from 191944;
  • his parents were former President Corazon Aquino and former Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr.
  • P-Noy is a member of the Liberal Party, and was elected President on May 10, 2010.

On August 1, 2009, his mother, former President Corazon Aquino died from colon cancer. People then called on Aquino to run for president. He officially announced a month later, on September 9, 2009 that he would seek the Presidency with a campaign platform against poverty. In the May 10, 2010 elections, he won by a landslide over a field of ten candidates. The Congress of the Philippines proclaimed June 9, 2010, Benigno Aquino III the winner of the 2010 presidential election with 15,208,678 votes.

On June 30, 2010, at the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park, Manila, Aquino was sworn into office as the fifteenth President of the Philippines, succeeding Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, by Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines Conchita Carpio-Morales.

Born in Manila, Aquino graduated from Ateneo de Manila University in 1981 with a Bachelor's Degree in Economic and joined his family in their exile in the United States shortly thereafter. He returned to the Philippines in 1983 shortly after the assassination of his father on August 21, 1981.

He held several positions working in the private sector.

  • Assistant of the Executive Director of Philippine Business for Social Progress
  • Assistant Retail Sales Supervisor, Mondragon Industries
  • Assistant Promotions Manager, Nike Philippines
  • Vice President, Intra-Strata Assurance Corporation
  • Executive Assistant/Manager for Field Services, Central Azucarera de Tarlac

Before becoming President, he served 12 years in the Philippine Legislature

  • Congressman representing the second district of Tarlac(11th Congres), 1998 - 2001
  • Congressman representing the second district of Tarlac(12th Congres), 2001 - 2004
  • Congressman representing the second district of Tarlac(13th Congres), 2004 - 2007
  • Senator (14th Congress), 2007-2010

The presidential residence of Aquino is Bahay Pangarap (English: House of Dreams), located inside of Malacaang Park, at the headquarters of the Presidential Security Group across the Pasig River from Malacaang Palace. Aquino is the first President of the Philippines to make Bahay Pangarap his official residence

On July 30, 2010, Aquino signed Executive Order No. 1, creating the Truth Commission. The commission is tasked to investigate various anomalies and issues including graft and corruption allegations against the past administration, government officials and their accomplices in the private sector during the last nine years.[53] The commission has until December 31, 2012 to complete its mission. Chief Justice Hilario Davide, Jr. will head the commission.

On August 4, 2010, Aquino implemented Executive Order No. 2, signed on July 30, 2010, ordering the immediate removal of all midnight appointments made by the previous administration for violating the 60-day constitutional ban on presidential appointments before a national election.

On August 6, 2010, Aquino implemented Executive Order No. 3, signed on July 30, 2010, an executive order revoking Executive Order No. 883, signed by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on May 28, 2010, that automatically promoted lawyers in government executive service to the rank of Career Executive Service Officer III (CESO III).

Aquino launched his official presidential website to create communication between Aquino and the people, getting feedback from the people, telling Aquino their woes and grievances.

Personal

President Noy does not drink alcoholic beverages. He is the second president not to drink alcohol, the first being Emilio Aguinaldo


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