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Noynoy to Uphold Mother's Constitution in Philippines

By August 18, 2012

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Former president of the Philippines Corazon Aquino

In 1987, President Corazon Aquino took a major step towards re-democratizing the Philippines, when her government promulgated a new constitution. Since that time, each of her successors has attempted to change the constitution - particularly the bit that limits presidents to a single six-year term.

These days, Cory's son Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III is president, and he is breaking with tradition. President Aquino recently informed his allies in parliament that he does not want to amend his mother's constitution to allow himself a second term. Is this a break-through in Filipino politics, or simply an example of familial loyalty?

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