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article imageAquino is 15th Philippine president, offered life for democracy

By Leo Reyes     Jun 30, 2010 in Politics
After being sworn in as the country's 15th president, Benigno (Noynoy) Aquino promised his countrymen he will give his own life for democracy in the Philippines.
In his inaugural speech at the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park, the 50-year old bachelor president said he never dreamed of one day becoming president of his country. He said he only had simple goal in life and that was to true to his parents and the country, become a caring brother, and a good citizen.
President Aquino is the only son of democracy icons former president Corazon Aquino and Sen. Benigno Aquino, Jr.
Noynoy's father, former Sen. Benigno Aquino was shot dead upon arrival at the Manila International Airport from years of exile in Boston, Massachussets. His death paved the way for Noynoy's mother to become the country's president by beating Ferdinand Marcos in electoral exercise and forcing him to leave the country following the tumultuous people power revolution.
For many years, his father fought the martial law regime of former president Marcos who put him behind bars for his peaceful and courageous campaign to restore democracy in the country.
"My father offered his life so our democracy could live. My mother devoted her life to nurturing that democracy. I will dedicate my life to making our democracy reach its fullest potential: that of ensuring equality for all," he said in Filipino.
"My family has sacrificed much and I am willing to do this again if necessary," he said.
President Aquino also offered forgiveness to those who did him wrong. He also vowed to restore the trust and confidence of people on the government and its leaders.
Aquino will serve his country for six years without re-election.
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