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Noynoy prepares to form government

Posted by akosistella on May 12, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Sen. Benigno “Noynoy”Aquino III is forming a search committee to study the background of everyone applying to serve under his administration.

Aquino said Corazon “Dinky” Soliman, social welfare secretary under the Arroyo administration, has agreed to return to the same Cabinet position.

Aquino said Lakas-Kampi-CMD standard-bearer Gilbert Teodoro Jr., who has conceded defeat, can also join his Cabinet as defense secretary, although questions of nepotism could crop up. Teodoro has said he is not interested in a government position.

via Philippine Star.


‘President-apparent’ hopes for peaceful transfer of power

MANILA, Philippines – After historic elections that saw 40 million Filipinos casting their votes in the country’s first-ever automated polls, president-apparent and Liberal Party standard-bearer Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III is hoping for a peaceful and orderly transfer of power – something he says his late mother Corazon did not enjoy.

Aquino is leading the nine-cornered race with 40.19 percent of votes tabulated, with closest rival former President Joseph Estrada getting 25.46 percent of the votes. Four of Aquino’s rivals have conceded the presidency to him. Aquino, however, refused to describe how victory felt as of yesterday afternoon, saying, “I still will await the completion of the process.”

Asked what he can promise the country’s poor, who constitute the majority of Filipinos, the man poised to be the country’s 15th president said simply, “Opportunity.”

Via Phil. Star

AND: GMA wins, vows smooth transition


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