Benigno Aquino III

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Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III[1][2][3] (Tagalog pronunciation: [bɛˈniɡnɔʔ aˈkino], born February 8, 1960), also known as "PNoy"[4][5][6] or "Noynoy",[7][8][9] is a Filipino politician who served as the 15th president of the Philippines from 2010 until 2016.[10][11][12] Aquino is a fourth-generation politician and was the chairman of the Liberal Party from 2010 to 2016.

Benigno Simeon Aquino III
President Benigno S. Aquino III's 6th SONA (02) (cropped).jpg
Aquino in 2015
15th President of the Philippines
In office
June 30, 2010 – June 30, 2016
Vice PresidentJejomar Binay
Preceded byGloria Macapagal Arroyo
Succeeded byRodrigo Duterte
Secretary of the Interior and Local Government
In office
June 30, 2010 – July 9, 2010
Preceded byRonaldo Puno
Succeeded byJesse Robredo
Senator of the Philippines
In office
June 30, 2007 – June 30, 2010
Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Philippines
In office
November 8, 2004 – February 21, 2006
Preceded byRaúl Gonzalez
Succeeded bySimeón Datumanong
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Tarlac's 2nd district
In office
June 30, 1998 – June 30, 2007
Preceded byJosé Yap
Succeeded byJosé Yap
Personal details
Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III

(1960-02-08) February 8, 1960 (age 61)
Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines
Political partyLiberal
ParentsBenigno Aquino Jr.
Corazon Aquino
RelativesSee Aquino family
Alma materAteneo de Manila University
Nickname(s)PNoy, Noynoy

On September 9, 2009, shortly after the death of his mother, Aquino officially announced that he would be a candidate in the 2010 presidential election. He was elected and on June 30, 2010 was sworn into office as the fifteenth President of the Philippines at the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park, Manila,[10][7] succeeding Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. He ended his term on June 30, 2016, succeeded by Rodrigo Duterte.

In 2013, Time named him one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.[13]

Early life and educationEdit

Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Aquino III was born at 10:50 AM on February 8, 1960 at Far Eastern University Hospital in Sampaloc, Manila.[1] He is the third of the five children of Benigno S. Aquino, Jr., who was then the Vice Governor of Tarlac province, and Corazon Cojuangco, daughter of a prominent Tarlac businessman. He has four sisters, namely: Maria Elena (Ballsy), Aurora Corazon (Pinky), Victoria Elisa (Viel), and Kristina Bernadette (Kris). He attended the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City for his elementary, high school, and college education.[8] Aquino finished his Bachelor of Arts (major in economics) degree from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1981,[10][8] He was one of the students of former professor of economics at the Ateneo de Manila University, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

He joined his family in their exile in the United States shortly thereafter. He returned to the Philippines in 1983 shortly after the assassination of his father and held several positions working in the private sector. In September 1972, Aquino's father, who was then a senator and prominent opposition leader to President Ferdinand Marcos, was arrested for subversion. In August 1973, Aquino's father was brought before a military tribunal in Fort Bonifacio.[9]

In 1980, after a series of heart attacks, Aquino's father was allowed to seek medical treatment in the United States, where Aquino's family began a period of self-exile. In 1981, shortly after graduation, Aquino joined his family in the United States.

In 1983, after three years in exile in the United States, Aquino's family returned to the Philippines, shortly after the assassination of his father on August 21, 1983.[8] He had a short tenure as a member of the Philippine Business for Social Progress, working as an assistant of the executive director of PBSP.[8] He later joined Mondragon Industries Philippines, Inc. as an assistant Retail Sales Supervisor and assistant promotions manager for Nike Philippines, Inc.[8]

From 1986 to 1992, during the presidency of his mother, Aquino joined the Intra-Strata Assurance Corporation, a company owned by his uncle Antolin Oreta Jr., as vice president.[8]

On August 28, 1987, eighteen months into the presidency of Aquino's mother, rebel soldiers led by Gregorio Honasan staged an unsuccessful coup attempt, attempting to lay siege to Malacañang Palace. Aquino was two blocks from the palace when he came under fire. Three of Aquino's four security escorts were killed, and the last was wounded protecting him. He himself was hit by five bullets, one of which is still embedded in his neck.[14]

From 1993 to 1998, he worked for Central Azucarera de Tarlac, the sugar refinery in the Cojuangco-owned Hacienda Luisita. He was employed as the executive assistant for administration from 1993 to 1996 and subsequently worked as manager for field services from 1996 to 1998.[8]

In 1998, he was elected to the House of Representatives as Representative of the 2nd district of Tarlac province. He was subsequently re-elected to the House in 2001 and 2004.[10] In 2007, having been barred from running for re-election to the House due to term limits, he was elected to the Senate in the 14th Congress of the Philippines.[10]

Congressional careerEdit

Aquino is a fourth-generation politician: his great-grandfather, Servillano "Mianong" Aquino, served as a delegate to the Malolos Congress; his paternal grandfather, Benigno Aquino, Sr., served as Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Philippines from 1943 to 1944; his maternal grandfather, Jose Cojuangco, was also a member of the House of Representatives; and his parents were Corazon Aquino, who served as the 11th President of the Philippines (1986–92), and Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr. Aquino is a member of the Liberal Party,[15] where he held various positions such as Secretary General and Vice President for Luzon.

House of Representatives (1998–2007)Edit

Aquino became Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives on November 8, 2004, but relinquished the post on February 21, 2006, when Aquino joined his Liberal Party members in calling for the resignation of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo at the height of the Hello Garci scandal.[10][16]

Aquino was also Chairman of the Board of the Central Luzon Congressional Caucus.[16]

Senate (2007–10)Edit

Barred from running for re-election to the House of Representatives of the Philippines, to represent the 2nd district of Tarlac, due to term limits, Aquino was elected to the Senate of the Philippines in the 2007 Philippine midterm election on May 15, 2007, under the banner of the Genuine Opposition (GO), a coalition comprising a number of parties, including Aquino's own Liberal Party, seeking to curb attempts by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to amend the 1986 Philippine Constitution. In Aquino's political ads, he was endorsed by his younger sister, TV host Kris Aquino, and his mother, the late former President Corazon Aquino. Although a Roman Catholic, Aquino was endorsed by the pentecostal Jesus Is Lord Church, one of the largest Protestant churches in the Philippines.[17][18][19] With more than 14.3 million votes, Aquino's tally was the sixth highest of the 37 candidates for the 12 vacant seats elected from the nation at large. Aquino assumed his new office on June 30, 2007.[10]

During the campaign, Aquino reached out to his former enemy, Senator Gregorio Honasan, supporting his application for bail. Aquino told Job Tabada of Cebu Daily News, on March 5, 2007;

"I endorse Honasan's request for bail para parehas ang laban [to even out the playing field]. I was hit by bullets from Honasan's men in the neck and hips but that's past now. The principle of my father was, 'Respect the rights even of your enemies.' Ito ang nagpatingkad ng demokrasya [This is what defines democracy]. Genuine reconciliation is democracy in action."[20]

Aquino was referring to an unsuccessful coup attempt staged by rebel soldiers led by Gregorio Honasan on August 28, 1987, in which Aquino was seriously injured.

Senate billsEdit

The Budget Impoundment and Control Act (SB 3121), wherein "impoundment" refers to the power of the president to refuse the release of funds appropriated by the Congress of the Philippines, is another bill Aquino is proud of;[21] he regretted,[21] however, that such power has been used and abused by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, a result of which abuse has been the significant emasculation of Congress' ability to check the president's authority. Aquino filed this bill so the president would have to pass through Congress every time the president decides to impound part of the budget.

Another significant Aquino contribution to the Philippines' corruption problem was 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 Department of Public Works and Highways to conduct periodic inspections of public infrastructures.

Aquino also pushed for the passage of the Amending the Government Procurement Act (SB 2160), which applies to all government procurement activities regardless of source of funds whether local or foreign; only treaties or international/executive agreements entered into by the government prior to its enactment shall be exempt from coverage. The bill was filed in light of the Department of Justice declaration regarding the validity of the controversial NBN-ZTE scandal, wherein its international aspect, as well as the fact that it was an executive agreement, was cited as one reason for its exemption from the procurement process stipulated in Republic Act 9184.

Focusing further on accountability in government appropriations and spending, Aquino filed other reform-oriented bills, among which were Philippine National Police reform; an increase in penalties for corporations and work establishments not compliant with minimum wage; the banning of reappointment to the Judicial and Bar Council; the prevention of reappointment and bypassing of the Commission on Appointments; real property valuation based on international standards; and superior responsibility for senior military officers, who are ultimately responsible for their own subordinates. However, none of these bills were passed into law.

2010 presidential campaignEdit

Map of dignitaries who attend Aquino's inauguration.

On November 26, 2008, the Liberal Party elected Mar Roxas, president of the Liberal Party, as the standard-bearer of the Liberal Party for President of the Philippines in the then-upcoming 2010 presidential elections.[22]

Following the death and funeral of Aquino's mother, former President Corazon Aquino, many people began calling on Aquino to run for President of the Philippines.[10] This groundswell of support became known as the "Noynoy Phenomenon".[23]

On August 27, 2009, Edgardo "Eddie" Roces, son of the late Chino Roces, former publisher and owner of The Manila Times, and a group of lawyers and activists formed the Noynoy Aquino for President Movement (NAPM), a nationwide campaign to collect a million signatures in order to persuade Aquino to run for president,[24] reminiscent of Roces' father, who on October 15, 1985, launched the Cory Aquino for President Movement (CAPM), collecting more than one million signatures nationwide, asking Aquino's mother to run against Ferdinand Marcos in the 1986 presidential snap elections.[25]

In September 2009, the Liberal Party held numerous press conferences in relation to the 2010 elections at the Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan, the site of the presidential inauguration of Aquino's mother in February 1986.

On September 1, 2009, at the Club Filipino, in a press conference, Senator Mar Roxas, president of the Liberal Party, announced his withdrawal from the 2010 presidential race and expressed his support for Aquino, as the party standard-bearer instead.[26] Aquino later stood side by side with Roxas, but did not make a public statement at the press conference.[15] The next day, Aquino announced that he would be going on a "spiritual retreat" over the weekend to finalize his decision for the elections, visiting the Carmelite sisters in Zamboanga City.[10] reminiscent of his mother's own soul-searching in 1985 before deciding to run for the elections the following year.[27] He came back on September 9 to formally announce his candidacy.[10][28] Almost two weeks later, Roxas pledged to run alongside Aquino as the Liberal Party standard-bearer for vice-president.[29][30] The two men filed their respective certificates of candidacy for president and vice-president on November 28, 2009.

Fake psychiatric reports on Aquino's mental health began circulating online during the 90-day election campaign period from February 9 – May 8, 2010,[31][32] Aquino received information that the first such report came from the wife of Nacionalista Party supporter and former National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR) president Guido Delgado, a move Aquino claims was made with "malicious intent".[32] A second report came from an unidentified supporter of Senator Manny Villar, the Nacionalistas' leader and presidential candidate.[32][33] Later presented by Delgado at a press conference, the psychiatric report was supposedly signed by Father Jaime C. Bulatao, S.J., PhD, a Jesuit priest, a professor of Psychology and a clinical psychologist at the Ateneo de Manila University, taken when Aquino was finishing his Bachelor's degree in economics at the university in 1979. It reportedly showed that Aquino suffered from depression and melancholia,[33] the priest later denied writing the document at all.[32] Another supposed psychiatric report that later surfaced claimed that Aquino suffered from major depressive disorder; the report's supposed author, Jesuit priest Father Carmelo A. Caluag II, denied writing any evaluations of Aquino. The university's psychology department later debunked the documents, with Aquino labelling them as another desperate effort by rivals to malign his reputation.[32]

2010 Philippine electoral vote results

During the campaign,[31] Senator Francis Escudero began endorsing Aquino as president and PDP–Laban standard-bearer Jejomar Binay, for Vice President, launching the Aquino-Binay campaign.[34] However, this was done without the consent of the two candidates; Binay was former President Joseph Estrada's running mate for vice-president.

During the 2010 presidential election, held on May 10, 2010, in unofficial tallies, conducted by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) and the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), Aquino was the leading candidate in tallied votes for president, and in the official Congressional canvass, Aquino was the leading candidate in canvassed votes for president.[35] Aquino was unofficially being referred to as "president-apparent" by the media.[36]

On June 9, 2010, at the Batasang Pambansa Complex, in Quezon City, the Congress of the Philippines proclaimed Aquino as the President-elect of the Philippines,[10][11] following the 2010 election with 15,208,678 votes,[10][12] while Jejomar Binay, the former mayor of Makati, was proclaimed as the Vice President-elect of the Philippines with 14,645,574 votes,[37] defeating runner-up for the vice presidency Mar Roxas, the standard-bearer of the Liberal Party for vice president.

Presidency (2010–2016)Edit

Presidential styles of
Benigno S. Aquino III
Reference styleHis Excellency[10]
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Alternative styleMr. President
Benigno Aquino III takes the oath of office as the 15th President of the Philippines before Associate Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales at the Quirino Grandstand on June 30, 2010.

The Presidency of Benigno S. Aquino III began at noon on June 30, 2010, when he became the fifteenth President of the Philippines, succeeding Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Since the start of his presidency, he has also been referred to in the media as PNoy.[38][39][40][6]

The presidential transition began on June 9, 2010, when the Congress of the Philippines proclaimed Aquino the winner of the 2010 Philippine presidential elections held on May 10, 2010, proclaiming Aquino as the President-elect of the Philippines.[11][12] The transition was in charge of the new presidential residence, cabinet appointments and cordial meetings between them and the outgoing administration.

President Aquino at work

The presidential residence of Aquino is Bahay Pangarap (English: House of Dreams),[41] located inside of Malacañang Park,[5] at the headquarters of the Presidential Security Group across the Pasig River from Malacañang Palace.[41][42] Aquino is the first president to make Bahay Pangarap his official residence.[38][43] Malacañang Park was intended as a recreational retreat by former President Manuel L. Quezon.[43] The house was built and designed by architect Juan Arellano in the 1930s,[43][41] and underwent a number of renovations.[41] In 2008, the house was demolished and rebuilt in contemporary style by architect Conrad Onglao,[43][41] a new swimming pool was built, replacing the Commonwealth-era swimming pool.[38][43] The house originally had one bedroom,[41] however, the house was renovated for Aquino to have four bedrooms,[38] a guest room, a room for Aquino's household staff, and a room for Aquino's close-in security.[5] The house was originally intended as a rest house, the venue for informal activities and social functions for the First Family by former President Manuel L. Quezon.[41] Malacañang Park was refurbished through the efforts of First Lady Eva Macapagal, wife of former President Diosdado Macapagal, in the early 1960s.[43] First Lady Macapagal renamed the rest house as Bahay Pangarap.[43] During the presidency of Fidel V. Ramos, the house was restored and became the club house of the Malacañang Golf Club.[41] The house was used by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to welcome special guests.[41] Aquino refused to live in Malacañang Palace, the official residence of the President of the Philippines, or in Arlegui Mansion, the residence of former presidents Corazon Aquino and Fidel V. Ramos, stating that the two residences are too big,[41] and also stated that his small family residence at Times Street in Quezon City would be impractical, since it would be a security concern for his neighbors.[42]

On June 29, 2010, Aquino officially named the members of his Cabinet, with Aquino himself as Secretary of the Interior and Local Government,[44] a position that Vice President-elect Jejomar Binay initially wanted; however, Aquino stated that the post was not being considered for him.[45] He instead offered Binay various positions, such as head of a commission to investigate the outgoing Arroyo administration, the posts of Secretary of Agrarian Reform, chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), and the chairman of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), but Binay refused.[46] Aquino also announced the formation of a truth commission that will investigate various issues including corruption allegations against outgoing President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Aquino named former Chief Justice Hilario Davide, Jr. to head the truth commission.[47]

Traditionally, it is the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines who administers the oath of office to the incoming president and vice president, however, Aquino refused to allow Chief Justice Renato Corona to swear him into office, due to Aquino's opposition to the midnight appointment of Corona by outgoing President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on May 12, 2010, two days after the 2010 elections and a month before Arroyo's term expired.[48] Instead, Aquino formally requested Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines Conchita Carpio-Morales, who opposed the midnight appointment of Corona,[49] to swear him into office.[50]

Aquino took the oath of office on June 30, 2010, at the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park, Manila.[10][7] The oath of office was administered by Associate Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales, who officially accepted Aquino's request to swear him into office,[10][50] reminiscent of the decision of his mother, who in 1986, was sworn into the presidency by Associate Justice Claudio Teehankee.[3] After being sworn in as the fifteenth President of the Philippines, succeeding Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Aquino delivered his inaugural address.

During the inaugural address, Aquino created the "no wang-wang" policy, strengthening the implementation of Presidential Decree No. 96.[39][51] The term ‘wang-wang’ is street lingo for blaring sirens.[52] Presidential Decree No. 96 was issued on January 13, 1973 by former President Ferdinand Marcos, regulating the use of sirens, bells, whistles, horns and other similar devices only to motor vehicles designated for the use of the president, vice president, senate president, House Speaker, chief justice, Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, National Bureau of Investigation, Land Transportation Office, Bureau of Fire Protection and ambulances.[39][51] However, despite having the privilege of using ‘wang-wang’, Aquino maintained he would set the example for his no ‘wang-wang’ policy, not to use ‘wang-wang’, even if it means being stuck in traffic and being late every now and then.[53][54] Aquino also traded the official black presidential Mercedes Benz S-Guard limousine for his own white Toyota Land Cruiser 200.[53] After the inaugural address, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority began to enforce Aquino's no ‘wang-wang’ policy, confiscating ‘wang-wang’ from public officials and private motorists who illegally used them.[51]

On July 26, 2010, at the Batasang Pambansa, in Quezon City, Aquino delivered his first State of the Nation Address (SONA).[40][55] During Aquino's first State of the Nation Address (SONA), Aquino announced his intention to reform the education system in the Philippines by shifting to K–12 education, a 12-year basic education cycle.[56] K–12 education is used in the United States, Canada, and Australia. On July 29, 2015, Aquino delivered his final SONA address, where he discussed the country's economic improvements and the benefits of social service programs, particularly the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, during the course of his presidency.[57]

United States President Barack Obama, with President Aquino and Vietnamese President Nguyễn Minh Triết, at a working lunch with leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations around the United Nations General Assembly Meeting in New York City in 2010.
United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers remarks at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) compact agreement signing ceremony with President Benigno S. Aquino III at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City, on September 23, 2010.
President Aquino and Pope Francis at Malacañang on January 16, 2015.
President Aquino with Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on January 27, 2016.


Manila hostage crisisEdit

On August 23, 2010, in front of the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park, Manila, the site of Aquino's presidential inauguration, the Manila hostage crisis occurred. Aquino expressed concern over the matter and gave his condolences to the victims. Aquino defended the actions of the police at the scene, stating that the gunman had not shown any signs of wanting to kill the hostages. Aquino ordered a "thorough investigation" into the incident, and would wait until it is completed before deciding whether anyone should lose his or her job.[58] Aquino declared that the media may have worsened the situation by giving the gunman "a bird's-eye view of the entire situation".[59] Aquino also made reference to the Moscow theater hostage crisis, which, according to Aquino, resulted in "more severe" casualties despite Russia's "resources and sophistication".[60] On August 24, 2010, Aquino signed Proclamation No. 23, declaring August 25, 2010, as a national day of mourning, instructing all public institutions nationwide and all Philippine embassies and consulates overseas to lower the Philippine flag at half-mast, in honor of the eight Hong Kong residents who died in the crisis.[61][62] On August 25, 2010, at a press conference in Malacañang, Aquino apologized to those offended when he was caught on television apparently smiling while being interviewed at the crime scene hours after the Manila hostage crisis.[63] Aquino said;

"My smile might have been misunderstood. I have several expressions. I smile when I'm happy, I smile when I'm faced with a very absurd situation...and if I offended certain people, I apologize to them. It's more of an expression maybe of exasperation rather than anything and again, I apologize if I offended certain people, who misunderstood (my) facial expression."[63]

On September 3, 2010, Aquino took responsibility for the crisis.[64] Aquino actually has direct supervision of the Philippine National Police, since Aquino had asked Secretary of the Interior and Local Government Jesse Robredo to address other concerns, such as coming up with a comprehensive plan on delivering social services to and relocating informal settlers in coordination with the local governments.[64]

Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)Edit

President Aquino's administration was criticised during and after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in November 2013 for the government's "slow" response to aid the victims.[4] This criticism resulted in countries like Canada to provide humanitarian aid to the victims of the typhoon through non-governmental organizations and not the Philippine government, wherein the Canadian Ambassador to the Philippines, Neil Reeder cited "the speed, because of the need to move quickly, and because we don’t, as a government, want to be involved in the details, nor do we think it’s efficient to have other governments involved."[65]

Mamasapano massacreEdit

President Aquino was accused of evading responsibility for the death of 44 Special Action Force operatives in a failed operation, which led to the so-called Mamasapano massacre.[66]


Noynoying (pronounced noy-noy-YING[67] or noy-NOY-ying[68]) is a protest tactic in the form of a neologism that Aquino's critics have used to question his work ethic, alleging his inaction on the issues of disaster response and rising oil prices. A play on the term planking and Aquino's nickname, Noynoying involves posing in a lazy manner, such as sitting idly while resting his head on one hand, and doing nothing.


Title Name Term
President Benigno S. Aquino III 2010–2016
Vice President Jejomar Binay 2010–2016
Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras 2012–2016
Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr. 2010–2016
Press Secretary Edwin Lacierda 2010–2016
Secretary of Agrarian Reform Virgilio de los Reyes 2010–2016
Secretary of Agriculture Proceso Alcala 2010–2016
Secretary of Budget and Management Florencio Abad 2010–2016
Secretary of Education Br. Armin Luistro FSC 2010–2016
Secretary of Energy Jose Rene Almendras 2010–12
Carlos Jericho Petilla 2012–15
Zenaida Monsada 2015–2016
Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources Ramon Paje 2010–2016
Secretary of Finance Cesar Purisima 2010–2016
Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alberto Romulo 2010–11
Albert del Rosario 2011–16
Jose Rene Almendras 2016 (acting)
Secretary of Health Dr. Enrique Ona 2010–14
Janette Garin 2014–15 (acting)
Secretary of the Interior and Local Government Jesse M. Robredo
Mar Roxas 2012–15
Mel Senen Sarmiento 2015–2016
Secretary of Justice Leila de Lima 2010–15
Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa 2015–16
Emmanuel Caparas 2016 (acting)
Secretary of Labor and Employment Rosalinda Baldoz 2010–2016
Secretary of National Defense Voltaire Gazmin 2010–2016
Secretary of Public Works and Highways Rogelio Singson 2010–2016
Secretary of Science and Technology Engr. Mario Montejo 2010–2016
Secretary of Social Welfare and Development Corazon Soliman 2010–2016
Secretary of Tourism Alberto Lim 2010–11
Ramon Jimenez, Jr. 2011–2016
Secretary of Trade and Industry Gregory Domingo 2010–15
Adrian Cristobal Jr 2015–2016 (acting)
Secretary of Transportation and Communications Jose de Jesus 2010–11
Manuel Roxas 2011–12
Joseph Emilio Abaya 2012–2016
Chief of the Presidential Management Staff Julia Abad 2010–2016
Director-General of the National Economic and Development Authority Arsenio Balisacan 2012–2016
Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Francis Pangilinan 2014–15
Fredelita Guiza 2015–2016
Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery Panfilo Lacson 2013–15

Judicial appointmentsEdit

Aquino appointed the following to the Supreme Court of the Philippines:


Following the turnover ceremonies to his successor Rodrigo Duterte at Malacañang, Aquino returned to his parents' residence along Times Street, Quezon City.[70] Since leaving office, Aquino remained silent on the Duterte administration and rarely made public appearances. However, in November 2016, Aquino attended a concert at Rizal Park and joined protests against the burial of Ferdinand Marcos.[71] In February 2017, Aquino commemorated the 31st anniversary of the People Power Revolution by marching to the People Power Monument and joining the protests against the Ferdinand Marcos regime.[72][73]

Legal chargesEdit

In July 2017, criminal charges were filed against Aquino for usurpation of authority under the Revised Penal Code and violating anti-graft and corruption laws. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales cited the involvement of then suspended Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima in the 2015 Mamasapano police operation against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, where 44 Special Action Force members were killed. Under the Revised Penal Code, suspended public officials cannot perform their duties or interfere in government affairs. Aquino's former Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said that Aquino plans to file a motion for reconsideration to appeal the charges.[74]

In 2018 Aquino was indicted in a $1.35 billion criminal case involving a congressional approval to use state funds on major government projects.[75]

Personal lifeEdit

Aquino has never married and has no children, making him the Philippines' first bachelor president. Aquino previously had a relationship with Shalani Soledad, a Valenzuela councilor and niece of former Senator Francisco Tatad.[76][77] In November 2010, Aquino confirmed that he and Soledad had broken up.[78] He had previously dated Korina Sanchez,[76] Bernadette Sembrano,[76] and Liz Uy.[78][79] He was also in a relationship with Korean television host Grace Lee.[80] Aquino has stated his preference for younger women because he wants to have children.[81]

Aquino was also an enthusiast of shooting, billiards and video games.[2][10] Aquino does not drink alcoholic beverages,[3] but is a smoker.[82] Aquino also said that he is not keen on being a poster boy for anti-smoking campaigns.[83] Upon winning the election, Aquino received a phone call from U.S. President Barack Obama, who congratulated him and offered assistance to smoking cessation.[84][85]

Although the official residence of the president is the Malacañang Palace, Aquino chose to reside in the Bahay Pangarap (House of Dreams), located within the Palace grounds, while in office.[41][42]


Honors and awardsEdit

These are the list of honors and awards made by President Aquino.

Foreign honors

Honorary degrees


  • United States: City Council Resolution on welcoming the President to Chicago presented by Mayor Rahm Emanuel (May 6, 2015)[97]

See alsoEdit


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