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Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III - The 15th and Current President of the Philippines

Updated on July 27, 2015

Benigno S. Aquino III - the 15th and current President of the Philippines

Benigno S. Aquino III also known as Noynoy or PNoy was the current and 15th President of the Philippines. His parents were former President Corazon Aquino and former Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr. Following the death of his mother on August 1, 2009, many people began calling on Aquino to run for president. On September 9, 2009, Aquino officially announced he would be a candidate in the 2010 presidential election, held on May 10, 2010. On June 9, 2010, the Congress of the Philippines proclaimed Aquino the winner of the 2010 presidential election.

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Biography : : Benigno S. Aquino III

Early Life & Political Career

President Benigno S. Aquino III ( February 8, 1960) was born as Benigno Simeon "Noynoy or PNoy" Cojuangco Aquino III and the only son of former President Corazon Aquino and former Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr. He is the third of the of five children of Benigno Aquino, Jr., who was then Vice Governor of Tarlac province, and Corazon Aquino. He has three sisters, Maria Elena ("Ballsy"), Aurora Corazon ("Pinky"), Victoria Eliza ("Viel"), and Kristina Bernadette ("Kris").

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.

Political life

Aquino 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).

Aquino is associated with a faction of the Liberal Party which opposes the government of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, citing alleged human rights violations.

House of Representatives

Aquino 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.

Aquino served on numerous committees as a member of Congress: the Public Order and Security, Transportation and Communications, Agriculture, Banks ∧ 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).

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

Senate

Barred by term limits from seeking a fourth term as the Representative for the second district of Tarlac province, Aquino 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. In his political ads, he was endorsed by younger sister, TV host Kris Aquino, and mother, the late former President Corazon Aquino. Although a devout Roman Catholic, he was endorsed by one of the largest Protestant churches in the Philippines, the Jesus is Lord. With more than 14.3 million votes, Aquino's tally was the sixth highest of the 37 candidates for the 12 vacant seats elected from the nation at large. He assumed his new office on June 30, 2007.

During the campaign, Aquino reached out to his former enemy, Senator Gregorio Honasan, supporting his application for bail. "I endorse Honasan's request for bail para parehas ang laban. I was hit by bullets from Honasan's men in the neck and hips but that's past now. The principle of my father was, ' Respect the rights even of your enemies.' Ito ang nagpatingkad ng demokrasya. Genuine reconciliation is democracy in action," Aquino told Job Tabada of Cebu Daily News on 5 March 2007. He was referring to two bloody coup attempts against his mother in 1987 and 1989, in the first of which Aquino was seriously injured.

2010 Presidential Campaign

In the Liberal Party, Aquino has held various positions such as Secretary General and Vice President for Luzon. He is currently the LP Vice-Chairman.

After the death of President Corazon Aquino, calls for him to run for higher office reached its highest and he has decided after the retreat that he would run as a candidate for the Presidency in the 2010 National Elections.

A group of lawyers and activists formed the NAPM — the Noynoy Aquino for President Movement — and a nationwide campaign led by the son of the late influential businessman, Chino Roces, began to collect a million signatures in order to persuade Aquino to run for President. In the last weekend of August, Senator Aquino and his fellow partymate in the Liberal Party, Senator Mar Roxas and an unnamed presidential aspirant commenced days of talks to decide what to do for next year's elections.

On September 1, 2009, in a press conference at the Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan City, Senator Roxas, a leading candidate for the Liberal Party nomination announced his withdrawal in the presidential race and expressed his support for Aquino's candidacy. Sen. Aquino later stood side by side Sen. Roxas, but did not make a public statement on the said press conference.

On September 9, 2009, 40 days after the death of his mother, Aquino officially announced his bid for the Presidency in a press conference at the Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan City, which also served as the site of his mother's Presidential Inauguration in February 1986.

Source : NoyNoy-Aquino.com

PNoy 1st Inaugural Address

Yes, I'm definitely satisfied!

Yes, I'm definitely satisfied!

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    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Philippines should have better discipline. Come in Filipinos! show some love for your country!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      If you want a the Philippines to be a better country you should change the 1987 CORY Constitution if you want more people to have jobs. More than 2 million people in the Philippines don't have jobs. You also should have better health care so people won't have to search in the garbage cans looking for food! You also have to make the laws more strict and tell people to stop throwing trash everywhere so their won't be pollution. Pnoy you are the president! what changes are you doing?

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      its definitely satisfying!but i have some other concern.Just wanna ask why our beloved Philippine President is using S as his middle initial and not C? i understand S stands for Simeon which is his father's middle name, the late Benigno Aquino Jr. Why is that so?thanks so much!

    • seeker2011 lm 5 years ago

      I think the length of term and results will be testimony to his administration.

    What can you say about the 1st 100 days of PNoy Administration?

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      • anonymous 4 years ago

        hhhmmmm...

        well i think there's no difference... yet

        ..

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        no development especially on the education sector,,,,and on the military upgradement.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        he sucks

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        no comments...just change the philippines into clean,neat,have a proper road rather than spending anythings that's not necessary for the country,begin change the rules of not letting the foreigners to own or invest in our country..,,make a strict rules for the road ,like not stopping anywhere without discipline,,discipline the people in the country as also ourselves,,start or try to involve in mining as i believed we have opportunity in mining in the

        philippines ,and its just that someone is afraid in ruling it,,make our country presentable when the foreigners come,,change the rules like too much handled by the catholic church leads on to peoples living poor,,don't u know that??,,Keep the country Green even if its hot weather as long as its clean,,minimize all the jeepneys that the tires are nearly broken,,don't allow jeepneys,trucks etc,,that the tires or the part of the vehicles are not in good condition as it leads into more accidents of people etc,,,try to discipline people to have a limit in making or having babies as it leads to more population in our country..,,change the system of the education as it doesn't actually help people that much,,teach about family planning,how to use credit cards etc,,like that,,,many things to change for the country as long as we sacrifice to help for our country rather than corrupting...look for the negative sides not just the positive sides...be poor for the countrys sake if u wanna managed the country ,sacrifice for it,,,teach people in school how to invest,,That's All and good luck for the country...

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          To our respectable lawmakers, please vote on the RH Bill with our RIGHT, TRUE, and MORAL CONSCIENCE grounded on man's relationship with God.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          To our respectable lawmakers, please vote on the RH Bill with our RIGHT, TRUE, and MORAL CONSCIENCE grounded on man's relationship with God.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          The Honorable President Benigno Aquino III

          President of the Philippines

          August 29,2012

          Dear Mr President;

          I am writing to you in behalf of the thousand members of Pag-Ibig Fund who in one way or another have complaints regarding the fund but keep it to themselves because there is nothing else they can do but to embrace the new policies the fund is implementing without even consulting what the members think about it.As far as I am concerned,I believe we have the right to be informed and to be asked whether we are in favor of the new policies because in the first place it is our money that they are using to operate the institution.

          You see Mr President,I am a native of Batangas City and years ago the Regional Office of Pag-Ibig Fund was located in Lucena City,Quezon.In 2007 they moved the office here in Batangas which is very good for us Batanguenos because we no longer have to travel 3hrs going to Lucena just so we can file a loan or inquire about our membership.The fund lived with its vision to bring the office near its people and on that note I commend the people behind the fund.However,only recently they divided the Regional Office and opened another office in Mindoro catering people in Oriental Mindoro,Occidental Mindoro and Romblon.For those members in Oriental Mindoro it was convenient yes, but for those people in Occidental Mindoro and Romblon they just made it harder for there is no means of transportation going directly to Oriental Mindoro if they were from Occidental Mindoro and Romblon,so you see people from these places would have to travel from their place going to Batangas Port and then travel again from Batangas to Oriental Mindoro,unlike before when the regional office is still in Batangas that they only travel from their place to Batangas.Can you just imagine Mr President the cost and the time these people are consuming in ttraveling just to be able to reach Pag-Ibig.Where now is the vision that they are bringing the fund near to its people.

          Secondly,the fund used to have the releases through checks since it started operating,only recently they change from check releases to cashcard wherein loans will automatically be deposited to the cashcards they have prepared for the members.In one way,this is a good thing for those people in far places that they no longer have to go back to Batangas City to get their loan proceeds but did the fund ever thought that it takes four days before the loan is able to appear in the cashcards unlike before when the releases are through checks that it only takes one day for the loans to be released.We file today and then tomorrow gotcha we already have the loan.This process gave Pag-Ibig fund an excellent remark when it comes to servicing.But since they change their processing the people now has to wait for four days before they can get their loan.You see Mr President,we are availing a loan because we badly needed the money,instead of availing from bombays or 56 which we can automatically get the money,we prefer to have it at Pag-Ibig since as I understand it is still our money that we are borrowing and it has lower interest compared to others.But now that we have to wait for several days before we can get our loan,where do you think will the borrower prefer especially when its emergency and they can't wait for 4days for the release of their loan?And aside from that,have the fund thought of the simple people who doesn't have much knowledge in using atm machines.They ended up having their cards eaten by the machine and then what,they will ow have to report it to the bank where the atm machine is located and then wait till the concern has been processed,it just lenghten the availment of the loan.

          Third,I was informed that the Fund with the new people in its operation is making another innovation.I was told that the Fund will be formatted the way banks like BDO are operating.That they will put offices in every cities.You see,Mr President since Pag-Ibig Fund started its operation,all divisions such as HOUSING divisions where members can file their housing loans,Short Term loans division-this is where we members file our Multi-Purpose loans,The Records Division,Membership and payments,all these divisions that compose Pag-ibig fund are located in one office,thus making it convenient for us since we only have to go to one office for our concerns.Now,since the new leaders of the fund is much like formatting it to BDO,the divisions will be place in different areas,for example the HOUSING LOANS division will be place in Laguna,hello didn't they ever taught that it would be harder for us Batanguenos to go there just to file a loan.Mabuti ba naman sana MR President kung sa isang punta namin doon ay ayos agad ang aming loan ay hindi naman at kailangan pa namin magpabalik balik para maayos loan namin.And since paghihiwahiwalayin ang divisions do we have to go from one place to another para itransact kung ano man ang concerns namin?Saan ka naman nakakita ng office na hiwahiwalay ang divisions Mr President?I think this idea sucks.Besides,PagIbig Fund is a financing institution not a bank,why format it to BDO and the like.Where did the vision to bring to fund near to its members appear now?Sana man lang nagcoconduct sila ng study,ask the members if they are pro or against the innovations.Yes,they may be the ones doing the operations but they shoudnt also forget that we are the ones providing them the source of their operations.Our contributions has supported the fund since it has started.Inooblige nila ang bawat employers to have their employees be a member of Pag-Ibig for what?para sa kakaunting pwede namin maloan na ni hindi kami bigyan ng opportunity to voice out our opinions regarding sa mga iniimplement nilang policies.One more thing,since maglalagay ng offices sa ibat ibang cities that will add to their expenses since they will be renting additional offices.And where will they get the money for the expenses hindi ba sa interests incurred sa loans namin.Bakit hindi na lang nila idagdag ang money that they will a lot for additional offices sa maari namin iloan at hindi para lang sa rent mapupunta.Like for example,itong calamity loan na ipinagmamalaki nila,how much lang ba naman ang napupunta sa borrower.say nag apply ang borrower ng calamity loan the borrower will be allowed of an 80% loan from their contribution but if the borrower has previous loan it will be deducted to the calamity loan.Say loan granted is 10,000 but the borrower has an existing MPL amounting to 8,000 that 8,000 will be deducted to the 10,000 granted so magkano na lang natira 2,000?saan aabot ang 2,000 na calamity loan na yan Mr President,unlike sa GSIS na nagbibigay sila 10,000 buo for calamity loan.That is what you call a Calamity loan unlike sa inooffer nitong Pag-Ibig na parang pinabata lang nila yon loan ng tao.

          What im trying to say here is Mr President is why implement new policies when Pag-Ibig has been running in good condition for so long with the existing procedures.Para saan ang mga bagong procedures na yan for innovations sake?Kung yon nga existing procedures hindi nila maperfect why enter such ideas kung yon dati nga hindi maayos.Look what happened to the Globe Asiatic case.Sana bago nagiisip ng mga bagong procedures ang mga tao behind the fund sana iniisip muna nila kung bibigyan ng solusyon yon mga taong naapektuhan sa globe asiatic.As for me,they should exert their energies on how to improve the existing policies hindi ang bagohin ang nakasanayan na.

          Mr President,you always say that we are your boss,i hope in this case i was able to touch your heart and in any way be sensitive to the members of PagIbig fund.Since the new head took the position so many innovations are being taught,i hope she also think of what the member will say about this innovations.

          I hope for your consideration regarding this matter Mr President.Thank you so much and more power.Remember I have always been a believer of your management and you have my thumbs up on every thing you are doing for this country,I just hope that this simple letter of mine will make you aware of what we feel regarding this new policies PagI

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          seeker2011 lm 5 years ago

          I think hard times to be president. Change is not going to be easy.

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          ivanpabz 6 years ago

          a good President