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article imageTight security for Philippine president-apparent Aquino defended

By Leo Reyes     May 14, 2010 in Politics
Tarlac - Philippine president-apparent Noynoy Aquino defended his tight security after Monday's election showing him winning overwhelmingly against his closest rival former president Joseph Estrada.
Aquino cited the need for such tight security arrangement to be sure that the will of the people and their aspirations are protected.
Aquino explained to the media in a news conference, the measure is necessary to be sure that he is still around on the June 30 inaugural and beyond to fulfill his mandate.
“We shouldn’t risk unnecessarily the aspirations of the people who supported us by taking unnecessary chances," he said.
Soldiers and security personnel were seen at the huge Hacienda Luisita, a family-owned sugarcane plantation of the Aquino clan, apparently to secure the would-be president of the Philippines. If he is proclaimed by the poll body, Aquino will take his oath of office on June 30 as provided for in the Philippine constitution.
“I think I will take a small break ostensibly to give in to the request of the security to move less," he said.
Security was tightened around Aquino since after the May 10 elections.
Earlier Aquino said he will probably take his oath of office once proclaimed in home province of Tarlac before a Barangay Chairman.
Traditionally, a new president takes his oath before the chief justice of the supreme court. But due to his opposition to the appointment of a new chief justice by the outgoing president, he said taking his oath of office before a Barangay official is an option.
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