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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Benigno Aquino III- President-elect

Five days after the first automated election in the Philippines, Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III has established a comfortable five million-vote lead over former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada in the latest partial but official count by the Comelec. It is safe to say at this point that he has won the election. The Philippines is preparing for a new Aquino Administration.

During the campaign, his detractors say that he is not full-grown for the presidency of the Republic. They say that he should learn more and gather deeper political experience. Some even question his achievements.

The people in the 2nd District of Tarlac elected Noynoy as their Representative in Congress in 1998. They re-elected him twice in 2001 and 2004 respectively and served until 2007.

He served on a number of committees in the 11th to the 13th Congress. He also became a Deputy Speaker from November 8, 2004-February 21, 2006.

He passed the House Bill Resolution No. 788, creating the Congressional Oversight Committee that would check and study the use of intelligence funds of government agencies. The committee ensures that the agencies of government use the allocated funds for the intended purposes.

As a Senator, Noynoy filed the Budget Impoundment and Control Act or Senate Bill 3121), wherein "impoundment" refers to the power of the President to refuse the release of funds appropriated by Congress. With this bill, the President would have to pass through Congress every time she or he decides to impound part of the budget.

He also filed Senate Bill 2035, which is the Preservation of Public Infrastructures bill, seeking to raise standards in the construction of all public infrastructures by penalizing contractors of defective infrastructures. The bill also requires the Bureau of Maintenance under the DPWH to conduct periodic inspections of public infrastructures.

Noynoy also pushed for the passage of Senate Bill 2160 or amending the Government Procurement Act, which aims to further regulate government procurements. This was in light of the busted NBN ZTE deal.

His famous campaign slogan “Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap” (If no leader is corrupt, the people will not become poor) is the foundation of his new government. Everyone is hopeful that he would be true to his word and that he would be able to jumpstart this nation toward an unstoppable progress.

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