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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Aquino Is Sworn In as Leader of the Philippines - NYTimes.com

Aquino Is Sworn In as Leader of the Philippines - NYTimes.com

MANILA — Benigno S. Aquino III was sworn in as the 15th president of the Philippines on Wednesday and promised sweeping reforms that he said will improve the quality of life for the country.

Mr. Aquino, 50, takes over a country that saw much political turbulence in the nine years of the administration of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. He reiterated a pledge to investigate allegations of corruption and abuses under her government, and promised to listen to ordinary Filipinos and to ensure that their welfare will be protected.

“You are the reason why today, the suffering of the people will end,” Mr. Aquino told a crowd estimated by police officials at half a million people.

“Here, on this day, ends the reign of a government that is indifferent to the complaints of the people,” Mr. Aquino said in his 21-minute speech. “There can be no reconciliation without justice.”

“Secretary de Lima, you have your marching orders. Begin the process of providing true and complete justice for all,” Mr. Aquino said, referring to Leila de Lima, the former chairman of the Commission on Human Rights whom he named justice secretary. Ms. De Lima is widely known in the Philippines for her independence in investigating human rights abuses.

Mr. Aquino had said that putting her at the Justice Department was crucial to his campaign to end corruption.

One day earlier, he Aquino announced that he would create a commission to investigate corruption scandals and allegations of human rights abuses under the Arroyo administration. More...
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Benigno S. Aquino III is the son of former Philippine President Corazon C. Aquino.

John H. Armwood

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