His Popularity Waning, Embattled Aquino Overreaches in the Philippines

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III delivers his speech during awarding ceremonies for the 2014 Ramon Magsaysay Awardees, Aug. 31, 2014 (AP photo by Aaron Favila).
Philippine President Benigno Aquino III delivers his speech during awarding ceremonies for the 2014 Ramon Magsaysay Awardees, Aug. 31, 2014 (AP photo by Aaron Favila).

To the astonishment of many political observers last month, Benigno Aquino III, the embattled president of the Phillipines, openly entertained the possibility of seeking a second term in office in 2016. That would require amending the constitution and contradicting the core principles of his mother, democracy icon and former President Corazon Aquino, who insisted on a single-term presidency to prevent the return of Ferdinand Marcos-style dictatorship. Aquino’s plans represent a sharp turnaround since his 2010 election, which precipitated an unusual period of political stability and economic dynamism in the Philippines. After a decade of political uncertainty and sputtering growth under […]

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