Short Biography: Noynoy Aquino Noynoy Aquino was born Benigno Simeon Cojuangco III February 8, 1960. He was the only son and was third child among four sisters, the most famous sister was the youngest: Kristina Bernadette or Kris Aquino who is now a very popular and prominent star in television and film. Noynoy was a pure breed Atenista from grade school, high school, up to college. He then graduated from the Ateneo University with a degree in Economics.
At that time, his father the famous Senator Ninoy Aquino was the lone voice of freedom against the dictator president Marcos and so they were exiled to Boston because of this. His father decided to return to the Philippines despite threat of assassination to continue the political fight against the dictator. Then of course, he was assassinated sparking the EDSA revolution took place which finally overthrew the Marcos regime.
A while after these events, Noynoy became a member of the Philippine Business for Social Progress then he became got into sales in Nike then for Mondragon Philippines. After that, he became part of the Intra-Strata Assurance Corporation which was owned by the family. One interesting note about Noynoy Aquino’s life was in danger when he got seriously wounded, getting in the line of fire during the rebellion that was lead by Gregorio Honasan who eventually also became a Philippine senator.
The coup d’etat did not succeed though and Noynoy, recovered. Three of Noynoy’s security were killed and the last one who protected him survived. Five bullets hit him and one of these is still inside his neck. As for the start of his political career he has long been one of the principal members of the Philippine’s Liberal Political party. He soon rose to become Vice Chairman. He is slightly connected with the part of the Liberal Party that is in opposition to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo because of alleged violations on human rights issues.
He has also been the representative of the second district of Tarlac. He was re-elected to this post and was in service until a few years ago in 2007. Petrol oil and lubricant oil for the Philippine Army was what he most lobbied for as a legislator. He was then elected as a Philippine senator and was part of the Opposition coalition whose main issues was the holding back of the Charter Change or the rewriting of the constitution under the control of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
It is interesting to note that as a political move during this campaign, he publicly endorsed the bailing out of ex-senator Gregorio Honasan who was then in jail for new charges of rebellion, effectively pardoning the past that almost cost him his life. Now in 2010, Aquino has been approached by a group of activists and lawyers whose group was called Noynoy Aquino for President. This happened after the death of his mother former president Corazon Aquino. After some weeks of giving the possibility some thought he finally formally announced his bid. He is now officially in the running as a candidate for presidency.