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On the 10th of May 2010, nine presidentiable hopefuls will be vying for the ultimate responsibility of being the Commander-in-Chief of the Philippines. [firstpara] Majority of them well-known, one of them a woman, and another relatively inexperienced. At the end of the day, however, no amount of credibility is enough.

Come election time, the responsibility is in every registered voter's hands, or fingerprints, for that matter.

Being responsible Pinoys, part of our obligation is to be aware of our presidential candidates.

Here is a complete list of all nine presidentiables, broken down into two parts, complete with their respective platforms, background, and notable credentials.

We start with the guy leading the surveys...

Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III

Who is Noynoy?
He is the third child and only son of Sen. Benigno “Ninoy”Aquino Jr. and former president Corazon Aquino. He essentially began his political career when he was elected the representative of the second district of Tarlac in 1998.

In 2007, after his third and last allowable term as representative, he ran for senate under the Genuine Opposition and placed 6th among the top vote-getters.

After the passing of the elder Cory in 2009, a clamor from the people rose for him to run in the upcoming 2010 elections. One of the contributing tipping points was when Sen. Mar Roxas, perceived as the Liberal Party’s presidential candidate, declared his intention to run for vice president instead, in favor of Noynoy’s presidential bid.

After 40 days from the passing of his mother and taking a retreat, Noynoy declared his intention to run for president.

Notable credentials
Noynoy graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, and held several positions in private companies prior to entering politics. He is currently the Vice Chairman of the Liberal Party. In three terms as a member of the congress, Aquino served in numerous committees, where he focused on the fiscalizing role of a legislator.

Presidential Platform
His platforms are mainly centered on what he calls “transformational leadership,” where he proposes to exercise his executive powers in a manner that is opposite of how the current president exercises hers.

His main points are on economy, government service, gender equality, peace and order, and environment. For more on Noynoy's platforms, click here.

Campaign Thrust: Transformational leadership: a commitment to good governance and fighting corruption.

Strong Points
Given his personal heritage, he carries a name that the country respects. To taint his good name is simply inconceivable. An apple doesn’t fall off too far from its’ tree, so it is logical to conclude that “leadership by example” is going to happen if he happens to win.
In a country ranked among the top 10 globally in terms of corruption, having a leader of his moral character could be a start of turning our country’s reputation and manner of governance around.

Weak Points
Having competitors with impressive track records, they look to point out Aquino’s lack of laws passed in his 3 terms as a congressman, and 3 years of serving as a senator. Additionally, his parents’ legacy to him is not only their good name, but also the criticisms and problems they have to deal with concerning their family property, Hacienda Luisita, and its farmers.

Next: Juan Carlos "JC" de los Reyes


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WORDS BY RUDOLF VOLTAIRE LOZADA
ILLUSTRATION BY MIKEY AGULTO

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