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 to carry this burden with resignation, with the upcoming Presidential elections focussing on economic issues, in particular the fight against poverty. The Liberal Party had just about survived a split a few years earlier, with some members joining the Arroyo camp, and made their competent leader Senator Manuel ‘Mar’ Roxas (son of a previous President) their Presidential candidate. When the funeral of Cory Aquino, a few months before the elections, led to a massive reawakening of the popular revolutionary sentiments of the 1980s the people’s call for the candidature of Cory’s only son. Noynoy became unstoppable and Mar Roxas stepped aside to make way for his reluctant Senatorial colleague. Mar became the Vice Presidential candidate on the Liberal Party ticket. The May 2010 elections focused on the issue of corruption. Campaigns centered on projecting the candidates as the anti-thesis of GMA. Aquino duly won the elections with unprecedented support, with the government’s candidate ending fourth and barely reaching double figures. Aquino ended with 42%, followed by former President Estrada (26%), Senator Manny Villar of the Partido Nacionalista (15%) and only then Gilberto Teodoro of Lakas Kampi CMD (11%). Mar Roxas, although leading for much of the time in opinion polls, lost the Vice-Presidential election on a knife’s edge: Makati City mayor and Estrada running-mate Jejomar Binay 42%,Mar Roxas 40%, Manny Villar’s running mate Senator Loren Legarda 12%.Noynoy Aquino’s inauguration was a massive affair with over 100,000 people present, a sign of the enormous expectations that the people have of his Presidency. His inaugural speech did not disappoint. He stressed “No more influence-peddling, no more patronage politics, no more stealing. No more sirens, no more shortcuts, no more bribes. It is time for us to work together once more”. In fact, the leadership by example of Aquino is already paying off as traffic enforcers are now noticing fewer cases of road abuse...
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