Noynoy: ‘No point in competing with my parents’ (Q&A)
SEN. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s strength—the legacy of his parents—is also his weakness. Blessed with sudden popularity reflected in the presidential surveys, he has become the favorite punching bag of every presidential wannabe.
Aquino enjoys a 60 percent rating in the most recent nationwide survey of the Social Weather Stations on presidential aspirants. A previous SWS survey in Luzon showed half the respondents favoring him.
Thrust into the presidential race without the usual preparation of a serious contender, the only son of martyred senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. and revered former president Corazon “Cory” Aquino has been the object of political innuendoes from rivals who question his readiness to be president. Does the younger Aquino have what it takes to duplicate, if not surpass, the track record and greatness of his parents?
Aquino was subjected to a series of questions about his personal background and achievements during his more than 11 years in Congress—nine years as representative of Tarlac and more than two years as senator. The following is a transcript of a one-on-one interview of Aquino, the Liberal Party standard-bearer, by Probe Profiles’ host Cheche Lazaro.
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