Benigno S. Aquino III is the 15th President of the Republic of the Philippines. He is an economist by training and a public official by profession. He served in the House of Representatives as representative of the 2nd District of Tarlac from 1998 to 2007, and served in the Philippine Senate from May 2007 to June 2010. As a senator, he chaired the senate committee on local government, where he anchored his key legislative initiatives on good governance through increased transparency and accountability, particularly in the use of public funds.
His public service is founded on the democratic ideals championed by his parents, former senator and martyr Benigno ‘Ninoy’ Aquino, Jr. and former President Corazon Aquino. Following the death and funeral of his mother, former President Corazon Aquino, public clamor arose for him to seek the Presidency. He answered the call of the people and campaigned on the core message, ‘Kung Walang Corrupt Walang Mahirap’ (If there is no corruption, there is no poverty). On May 10, 2010, he was elected with the largest plurality under the 1987 Constitution. On June 30, 2010, he was inaugurated into office. As the President of the Philippines, President Benigno S. Aquino III continues to pursue programs anchored on clean, honest, and effective governance for all Filipinos, in fulfillment of his social contract with the Filipino people to achieve inclusive growth, a restoration of trust in public institutions, and a renewal of optimism and confidence to achieve lasting economic and social change.
Source: Office of the President of the Republic of the Philippines, September 2014