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Our 15th President of the Republic of the Philippines : Benigno Simeon Cojuangco-Aquino III

Updated on March 13, 2011
15th Philippine President BENIGNO SIMEON C. AQUINO III before the inauguration at Quirino Grandstand in Luneta (Rizal Park)  Photo Credit:
15th Philippine President BENIGNO SIMEON C. AQUINO III before the inauguration at Quirino Grandstand in Luneta (Rizal Park) Photo Credit:
BENIGNO AQUINO III sworn as the new Philippine leader (Photo credit: AFP)
BENIGNO AQUINO III sworn as the new Philippine leader (Photo credit: AFP)

After the reign of the administration of the 14th President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for 9 years, 5 months and 10 comes the 15th President of the Republic of the Philippines : His Excellency Benigno Simeon Cojuangco-Aquino III.

Winning the recent first national automated election on May 10, 2010 with about 15 million votes of the voting Filipino populace, Noynoy as he was fondly called by his family, peers and his countrymen, made his first presidential inaugural address at Quirino Grandstand in Luneta Park, Manila.

More than 80 delegates from other nations and international dignitaries attended the inauguration rites.

Also present were former Philippine presidents Fidel V. Ramos and Joseph Estrada.

The traditional stepping down of incumbent president while the new president waits at the stairs of the receiving hall in Malacañan palace happened around 10:15 in the morning that saw outgoing President Arroyo stepping down while incoming President Aquino waits at the foot of the stairs.

Then the two rode in the presidential car then proceeded to the Quirino Grandstand. Trooping the line of the outgoing president followed until Mrs. Arroyo rode in her private car going to Pampanga to pledge as a congresswoman in her province (she didn't want to rest in government service).

Filipina international pop star Charice sang the Philippine National Anthem, Lupang Hinirang. Other singers, like Christian Bautista, Ogie Alcasid, Gary Valenciano, Apo Hiking Society, Nyoy Volante and the rest of the Madrigal Singer entertained the people attending the occasion. The Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra with the baton of Maestro Ryan Cayabyab entertained the spectators until the clock hit the 12:00 noon.

First, Vice President-elect Jejomar Cabawatan Binay was sworn into office then the President himself. He gave a 20-minute speech mostly in Filipino language, but also gave emphasis on important points in English for the sake of the international community.

After that, the first luncheon in Malacañan palace and first cabinet meeting was held. Most of the dishes were Japanese cuisine.

The Presidential inaugural ball was held at Quezon City Memorial Circle where the newly elected head of the state were serenaded by entertainers in the Philippine music and film iindustry.

International Pop Star Charice singing the Philippine National Anthem c/o iluvrichel

The Noynoy phenomenon - the president with a bullet in his neck

The only son of the assasinated senator Benigno Aquino Jr. & deposed President Corazon Cojuangco Aquino, President 'Noynoy' was nearly killed during the 1987coup attempt led by renegade soldier-turned senator Gregorio 'Gringo' Honasan.

He nearly lost his life when he was hit by stray bullets in the neck and hips. But he decided to gave bail to Honasan and his men and face the punishment through the court proceedings.

The first Ateneo graduate to be elected as president, at 50, Noynoy was also one of the youngest presidents since Emilio Aguinaldo, Ramon Magsaysay and Ferdinand Marcos.

When his president-mother Corazon Aquino died last year, the Liberal Party decided to let him run the presidency that he decided to give a try after a month-long contemplation.

Noynoy being an active legislator both in the Senate and House of Representatives, with a political upbringing (he's the fourth generation in the family to run for publlic office) going back to his father, grandfather and great grandfather, his personal cobwebs were cleared of the assurance of his 'yellow army' volunteers that they will help him during his campaign. And so, he won the national elections, garnering a huge support from the Protestant religion in the country.

During his presidential inaugural address, he promised that he will focus on: JUSTICE, SOCIAL REFORM, PROPER GOVERNANCE and EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES to all strata in the Philippine society. In other words, he will cut the 'red tape'in the government so that all will be given fair share in looking for jobs and launching business that he hope to prosper during his six-year term as president.

CONSULTATION and REPORTING to the ordinary citizen will be his priority. An EMERGENCY EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM will give additional jobs to more skilled workers in entire nation.

He promised to investigate and cut the so-called MIDNIGHT APPOINTMENTS in the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

Although these were promised by other heads of the state, including former President Arroyo, he assured the people that he will give more priority to EDUCATION, PHILHEALTH, AFP and PNP that will implement the peace and order, and the protection of the society.

Hiring jobs abroad will be limited if there are job opportunities here in the country. He urged the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) to prioritize the need to employ Filipinos abroad in order to avoid 'human trafficking'.

President Noynoy also call the attention of those who are talking about reconciliation. He conclude in his speech that "There can be no reconciliation without justice."

Part of Inaugural Speech of President Benigno Aquino III c/o moonriverf17

Fast Facts on President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III

President of the Philippines (Incumbent) Assumed office June 30, 2010

Vice President Jejomar Binay (Preceded by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo)

Former Secretary of Department of Interior and Local Government Assumed office June 30, 2010 (Preceded by Ronaldo Puno, Senator of the Philippines In office

June 30, 2007 – June 30, 2010 Member of the House of Representatives from Tarlac's 2nd district (In officeJune 30, 1998 – June 30, 2007Preceded by Jose Yap Succeeded by Jose Yap )

Born February 8, 1960 (1960-02-08) (age 50)Manila, Philippines

Political party: Liberal Party


Benigno Aquino, Jr. (Father)
Corazon Aquino (Mother)

Alma mater: Ateneo de Manila University

Profession : Legislator

Religion :Roman Catholicism

Website /Official website: President-elect Noynoy Aquino Official Facebook Page


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      Hubert Williams 5 years ago

      A very good article about a great man and the wonderful country he governs at the will of the people of the Philippines. My beautiful wife of almost 23 years is one of those fine people. voted up interesting

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @shai: That's all right. Our president's so busy doing the right thing by overseeing what's the priority of the people. Although, his effort will not be enough unless we, the Filipino citizen will do our part in order for the government to fulfill its plan for the people.

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      shai 5 years ago

      i dont think so that you are the great leader

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Our President faces all the problems, head on or without batting his eyes off from it. He keeps his cool, even though most of the radical or militant groups can't accept the fact that we should be helping him attain his goal on MATUWID NA DAAN.

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      masmasika 6 years ago

      Great hub about our president Noynoy. Although there are so many things not going fine in the Philippines today, I still believe things will soon work better, I love our president and despite all the bad issues that they are throwing to him, I still stand by his side and praise him as a president. The best thing I love about him is that he is not corrupt unlike the past leaders. I just feel sad that he has to experience all these things whin he should have lived a life in peace.

      I just hope and pray that everything will soon get better for all of us Filipinos. If we all stand as one then things would not be that hard to achieve.

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      Ireno Alcala 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @ Helen: The S stands for Simeon. I don't know the reason why? I'll research further or maybe you could twit Kris regarding this matter. Or maybe, P-Noy don't want to be closely associated with the Cojuangcos. Good luck!

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      Helen 7 years ago

      I am just curious, why our President "PNOY" is using Middle Initial "S." He supposed to use "C." since his Middle name is "Cojuangco"

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      Ireno Alcala 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @theinformant: He's trying very hard to live up to the expectation of the Filipino masses, HIS BOSS. To cite an example: look what happened to the controversial lgo of the DOT online; it was removed due to the protest of the people (although million have been wasted due to the unsound decisions of some tourism officials). Friends and families are always at the helm of every leader in the country. Past administrations have many. You'll not appoint your enemies if you happen to be the leader of our country, do you?

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      theinformant 7 years ago from Cebu City

      well, the things I say, Pnoy is not acting according to his favorite tagline:"you are my boss"refering to filipinos as his superior in terms of delivering service who voted him.Maybe because he has acted, appointed base on friendship and personal relationship.That's the way I say it.

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      Ireno Alcala 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @minesgm: Let's hope he'll be...he's good at heart and he sympathizes with the common people (masang Pinoy). I just don't know if all his cabinet members will convert his good example to peace, progress and prosperity of our nation. God willing...

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      minesgm 7 years ago from Texas

      Pnoy is not my bet as a President for the Philippines, but i am also happy that he is the one who won. Now he have lots of problem to face. I hope he would be remembered not only a good president of the Philippines but the best.

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      Ireno Alcala 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @magat: Hi! How are you? Thanks for the greetings.

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      Ireno Alcala 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Leonora Yumol Paleracio - Thanks for giving a positive comment on this hub. The level of honesty on Noynoy's administration is on the positive side, I'm sure of that. I hope that it will continue until the end of his term.

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      Ireno Alcala 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      It's time to be proud again and show to the world that we, FILIPINOS, can surpass the expectation of everybody...FILIPINOS WHO ARE ACHIEVERS, NOT THE CORRUPT ONES. Thanks, sailor!!!

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      Dan 7 years ago

      Dear Mr President Aquino, I implore you to reach out for the help of FIl-AM veterans here in the U.S.. Their life long experiences are of great value that had been ignored by past Philippine government but you can take advantage if only you will take the initiative to ask these people. Many of them ( I for one) are retired and will be willing to volunter their services to help your administration. Let's all hold hands and put our minds together so as to make changes for the betterment of our beloved Philippines.

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      rowena larobis 7 years ago

      ellow po gud eve poh president noynoy aquino congratulation poh

      because your one fan of me and pres

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      Leonora Yumol Paleracio 7 years ago

      P-Noy,It's always been my dream of having a President who will truly serve the people and who will look on the needs & welfare specially of the local government.I salute You and I'm so proud for having You as the President of the Republic of the Philippines. You're really a Servant Leader.Keep up! & more power.

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      thesailor 7 years ago from Seven Seas

      DARE TO DREAM...this was what President Benigno Aquino III said in his first speech. YOU'RE THE BOSS referring to the power of the people to help combatting corruption in order for him to serve better. Long live the Philippines. MABUHAY!!!