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'Noynoy' Aquino Sworn-in As Philippine President

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The Philippines has a new president, Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, the latest in a political dynasty that has shaped the nation for decades.

The 1983 assassination of Noynoy's father, Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr., set in motion events that thrust the late politician's widow, Corazon Aquino, into the presidency and brought an abrupt end to Ferdinand Marcos' 20-year regime.

On taking the oath of office, Noynoy reiterated his campaign pledge to clean up government - no easy task in a country renowned for its corruption.

His predecessor, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who has served for nine years, has seen her share of controversy. She herself could face corruption charges after allegations of kick-backs and election fraud surfaced during her presidency. Arroyo isn't giving up on politics though. She was sworn-in as a congresswoman today.

As for Wednesday's inauguration, the Filipinos have a style all their own. Twin helicopters dropped yellow rose pedals over the ceremony.

Even if your Tagalog leaves something to be desired, it's worth watching the video at the top of this post for a glimpse of how the wedding-like atmosphere of a Philippine inauguaration differs from the stiff, formal nature of our own version.

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