Aquino Takes an Early Lead in Unofficial RP Presidential Race
As of 11:45 PM (UTC/GMT) in the Philippines, Liberal Party’s presidential bet Sen. Benigno “NoyNoy” Aquino enjoys an early lead in the unofficial election poll. If he wins, Aquino promises to give the Filipino people what they deserve by fighting the endemic corruption of the current government and helping them to save from poverty.
“Corruption is the single biggest threat to our democracy,” Aquino, a 50-year-old bachelor who has an economics degree, said on his official blog.
He came from a well-known family, a son of the late Sen. Ninoy Aquino and former President Corazon Aquino. His mother led the “people power” revolution that overthrew Dictator Ferdinand Marcos in 1986.
At first, Noynoy had really no intention to run for president until his mother died of cancer in August last year. This incident motivated him to continue his late parents’ quest by giving his countrymen a new hope and make Philippines a corrupt-free country.
Meanwhile, Aquino takes the no.1 spot over former president Joseph Estrada with 38.25 percent of the vote counted. He had secured 40.44 percent of the votes counted, with Estrada on 25.76 percent and business titan and arch rival Manny Villar in third place with 13.98 percent, Commission on Election chair Jose Melo told reporters.