A Critical Analysis of Pres. Noynoy Aquino’s Government

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A Critical Analysis of Pres. Noynoy Aquino’s Government

The strengthening of democratic and legal institutions could be the great legacy of the Aquino government. For this government to be successful would give an important boost to democratic forces across the developing world, and a concerted effort especially by Europe to support the Aquino administration is therefore called for. The new government under President Aquino– an analysis.

On June 30th, 2010, the new President of The Philippines, Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III was inaugurated following an election victory that was as decisive as it was, just a couple of months before, unexpected. Noynoy Aquino was as reluctant a candidate as he was popular, being a first-term Senator and the son of Liberal Party Senator Ninoy Aquino, who was famously assassinated, very likely at the instructions of then dictator Ferdinand Marcos, in1983 upon his return at the airport that is now named after him, which caused the people’s uprising that brought Ninoy’s widow (and Noynoy’s mother) Corazon “Cory” Aquino to the Presidency in 1986 and by the way was of great influence to other democratic revolutions across the world in the late 1980s including Latin America and eastern Europe. Cory Aquino’s Presidency and that of her Christian-Democrat successor Fidel Ramos brought a period of relative democratic stability, and some economic growth, to a country that had been plagued for decades by the plunder and undemocratic rule of Ferdinand Marcos and his cronies. However, Ramos was succeeded by the incapable populist and former film actor Joseph Estrada, whose rule was plagued by accusations of corruption and plunder. He was soon replaced in yet another people’s uprising by his seemingly skilled vice-president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (daughter of a pre-vious President), whose administration then descended into even worse misrule, cronyism and corruption partly at the behest of her husband Mike Arroyo. The Filipino people seemed...
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