Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Philippine lawmaker announces presidential bid in 2010 polls

Holding a cigarette outside a chapel inside the Carmelite Monastery in Zamboanga City in Mindanao, Senator Benigno Aquino III and his companions relax after a meeting with nuns last week. (Mindanao Examiner Photo)

MANILA, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / September 9, 2009) – Senator Benigno Aquino III has announced Wednesday his candidacy for the presidency in next year’s national polls.

Aquino, son of former Philippine President Corazon Aquino and ex-senator Benigno Aquino, made the announcement at the Club Filipino in San Juan City. It was attended by many opposition politicians.

The Club Filipino was also the same place where Aquino’s mother took her oath as president in 1986. The former Philippine leader died in August due to cancer.

Critics said the senator was taking advantage of her mother’s popularity. Last week, Aquino went to Mindanao and met with his supporters and religious leaders to seek guidance whether to run or not in the presidential elections.

President Gloria Arroyo’s political party has not yet named its candidate that would challenge Aquino. (Mindanao Examiner)

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