Chinese to execute Filipino

MANILA, Philippines, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- China's Supreme People's Court upheld the death sentence of a Filipino man convicted of drug trafficking, the Philippine government said Wednesday.

Calls for TV coverage of Arroyo trial

MANILA, Philippines, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Politicians are pressing for the vote-rigging trial of former Philippines President Gloria Arroyo be conducted under the glare of television lights.

Report: Arroyo's health is worsening

MANILA, Philippines, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- The medical condition of arrested former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was deteriorating Sunday, her lawyer said in Manila.
No hero's burial for Filipino dictator

No hero's burial for Filipino dictator

MANILA, Philippines, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Philippine President Benigno Aquino III has rejected a recommendation that former dictator Ferdinand Marcos be given a Filipino hero's burial.

Three Filipinos executed in China

BEIJING, March 30 (UPI) -- Three Filipino workers convicted of drug trafficking were executed by lethal injection in China Wednesday, officials said.

Bus blast toll rises

MANILA, Philippines, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- A woman injured in the powerful bomb explosion in a bus in the Philippine capital of Manila died Wednesday, raising the death toll to five, authorities said.
Aquino doesn't favor death penalty

Aquino doesn't favor death penalty

MANILA, Philippines, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Philippine President Benigno Aquino III says he used to favor the death penalty but changed his mind because of the current state of the judicial system.

Filipino students protest cuts

MANILA, Philippines, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Thousands of students and teachers took to the streets in the Philippines Wednesday to protest feared higher education budget cuts.
Filipinos mark massacre anniversary

Filipinos mark massacre anniversary

MANILA, Philippines, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Philippine President Benigno Aquino III expressed condolences Tuesday to the families of the victims of the Nov. 23, 2009, Ampatuan massacre.
No criminal charges in Manila hostage case

No criminal charges in Manila hostage case

MANILA, Philippines, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Criminal charges won't be filed against the Philippine officials in a failed hostage rescue attempt that left eight tourists dead, the country's president said.
Aquino grants amnesty to rebel soldiers

Aquino grants amnesty to rebel soldiers

MANILA, Philippines, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said Tuesday he is granting amnesty to rebel soldiers and officers involved in the 2003 and 2006 military uprisings.

Benigno Aquino III takes presidential oath

MANILA, Philippines, June 30 (UPI) -- Storm clouds didn't deter thousands of people from attending the swearing-in ceremony of Benigno Aquino III as the Philippines' 15th president Wednesday.

Final tally shows Aquino won presidency

MANILA, Philippines, June 8 (UPI) -- Liberal Party candidate Benigno Aquino III has won the presidency of the Philippines, the final tally by the National Board of Canvassers indicates.

4 presidential candidates yield to Aquino

MANILA, Philippines, May 11 (UPI) -- Four candidates have conceded to Philippine Sen. Benigno Aquino III, the front-runner in the country's presidential elections, officials said Tuesday.
Aquino's son announces for president

Aquino's son announces for president

MANILA, Philippines, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Philippine Sen. Benigno Aquino III, son of the late Corazon Aquino, Wednesday announced his candidacy for president, the office his mother once held.
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Benigno Aquino III
President Barack Obama (C) attends a working luncheon with ASEAN leaders Vietnam President Nguyen Minh Triet (L) and President of the Philippines Benigno Aquino III (R) September 24, 2010 in New York City. Obama has been in New York since Wednesday attending the annual General Assembly at the United Nations, where yesterday he stressed the need for a resolution between Israel and Palestine, and a renewed international effort to keep Iran from attaining nuclear weapons. UPI/Spencer Platt/POOL

Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III (pronounced in most Philippine languages, /bɛˈnɪɡnoʊ əˈkiːnoʊ/ in English) (born February 8, 1960), also known as Noynoy Aquino or PNoy, is a Filipino politician who has been the 15th and current President of the Philippines since June 2010.

Aquino is a fourth-generation politician: his great-grandfather, Servillano "Mianong" Aquino, served as a delegate to the Malolos Congress; his grandfather, Benigno Aquino, Sr., served as Speaker of the Philippine House of Representatives from 1943 to 1944; and his parents were President Corazon Aquino and Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr. Aquino is a member of the Liberal Party. In the Liberal Party, Aquino held various positions such as Secretary General and Vice President for Luzon. Aquino is currently the Chairman of the Liberal Party.

Born in Manila, Aquino graduated from Ateneo de Manila University in 1981 and 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 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. 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.

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