Noynoy Aquino: A Philippine Nixon?


Eugene Martin

Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 64


Washington, D.C.: East-West Center

Publication Date: June 17, 2010
Binding: electronic
Pages: 2
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The election of Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III as president of the Philippines provides the Aquino family one more opportunity to fulfill its promise to the Filipino people. Noynoy's martyred father and late mother instilled hope in the common Filipino that the elite's rapacious hold over government policies and the nation's wealth could be broken. Marcos' assassination of Ninoy and Cory's inability to overcome her family and class background proved a national disappointment. Now Noynoy has a chance to restore the family name, breaking with the past to give the hard-working Filipino population better governance and justice so desperately needed to pull the country out of its perennially corrupt economy and reputation. Eugene Martin discusses the possible implications of Noynoy Aquino's presidency.

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