Dear Mr future president, stop smoking

2010-05-14 07:49

Filipinos have swamped a new Facebook page to offer words of advice

and caution for their next president-apparent, Senator Benigno Aquino III –

telling him he should choose upright cabinet members and also quit


Aquino’s promise to wage war against rampant corruption that has

plagued the Philippines has raised hopes, especially among the youth who made up

almost half the voters in Monday’s elections.

Aquino, a 50-year-old lawmaker, was headed for a landslide victory,

largely campaigning on a family name and promising to follow the legacy of his

parents, who are regarded as heroes in the country’s democratic struggle against

the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos.

More than 12 000 have visited the Facebook site, “Dear Noynoy

Aquino,” and indicated they “like” it. They were posting suggestions for Aquino

in the 24 hours since it was set up on Tuesday by Rock Ed Philippines, a

volunteer group of young professionals promoting alternative education and

“thoughtful suggestions” for the new president.

Writing on the page, Patricia O. Loanzon warned Aquino that

Filipinos will repeat the “people power” revolts that ousted Marcos in 1986 and

President Joseph Estrada in 2001 “should you renege on your promises to

change/erradicate corruption in our government”.

Wilfred Alipat said he still had doubts about Aquino, “but I hope

you prove them wrong.”

Others urged him to distribute his family’s vast sugar estate to

landless farmers and workers, while Anna Ylagan wrote: “Quit smoking, President

Noy. We need you to be healthy.”

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