Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Aquino III
When President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III took his oath as the Philippines’ 15th Chief of Executive on June 30, 2010, he promised to effect “radical changes” and to make the people his “only boss” as he rallied them to unite since “we are all in this together.”
Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III (or P-Noy, as he wants to be called, or Noynoy, as he fondly called by his family and friends) is the only son of the late Pres. Corazon Aquino, as the mother of democracy, and his namesake father, slain Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. He has four sisters: Ballsy Cruz, Pinky Abellada, Viel Dee, and Kris Yap.
Noynoy was born on February 8, 1960 in Manila he completed his elementary, high school and college education at the Ateneo Manila where he acquired a bachelor’s degree in Economics in 1981.
He became a member of the Philippine Business for Social Progress in 1983. He worked as a retail sales supervisor for Nike Shoes, also as an assistant for advertising and promotion for Mondragon Philippines.
From 1986 to 1993, he served as vice president and treasurer for Best Security Agency Corporation, after he became executive assistant for administration and field manager for Cenrtal Azucarera Tarlac.
P-Noy served for three consecutive terms (1998 – 2007, as congressman representing the second district of Tarlac. During his term, he served on many committees.
From congress he ran and won his senate bid in the May 2007 elections, under the Genuine Opposition, a coalition comprising a number of parties, including his own Liberal Party.
As senator, Aquino is proud of filling the bill the Budget Impoundment and Control Act. “Impoundment” refers to the President’s power to refuse the release of funds appropriated by Congress. Another contribution of his is Senate Bill 2035, the Preservation of Public Infrastructure bill, that seeks to raise standards in public infrastructure construction.
He urged the passage of the Amending the Government Procurement Act which applies to all government procurement activities regardless of source of funds whether local or foreign. Only teaties or international/executive agreements entered into by the government before its enactment shall be exempt from coverage.
Aquino’s focus on accountability in government appropriations and spending is also shown by his another reform-oriented, well-thought out bills, among which which were: Philippine National Police Reform, Judicial and Bar Council, Commission of Appointments.
Aquino held various positions in the Liberal party, notable of which were Secretary General and Vice President for Luzon, and Vice-Chairman of the Liberal party.
The call for presidency came following the death and funeral of his mother, former President Corazon Aquino.
After a retreat in a convent of Carmelite sisters in Zamboanga City, on September 9, 2009; Aquino officially announced his candidacy for the presidency in the 2010 general elections.
On June 9, 2010, at the Batasang Pambansa, Aquino was proclaimed President-elect of the Philippines. Jejomar Binay was proclaimed Vice President-elect of the Philippines.
President Benigno Aquino III is the first bachelor president of the country, the second president who doesn’t drink alcohol beverages (the first president who doesn't drink alcohol is Emilio Aguinaldo), the first Ateneo graduate to become president.