Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Expectations are high as Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III took the oath of office as the 15th President of the Philippines at the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta Park this noon. Promising a new era of good governance and a corruption free government, he has set a high bar for his term. Winning the elections literally on the coattails of his famous parents, patriot and martyr Ninoy Aquino and former President Cory Aquino, Noynoy vows to continue the legacy and vision set by his father and mother.
On his way to the inauguration this morning, he commanded his entourage and security detail to stop at each stop light -- an unpresidented gesture, since most Philippine national and local officials (to the lowest rank) consider their motorcade above any rules of street traffic and would badger motorist to give way no matter how congested and narrow the streets are. A small step, but a huge gesture to people like me who believes in fair play in all segments of society.
Congratulations Mr. President! May you succeed where all others have miserably failed.
--Photo from the Associated Press.