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Benigno Aquino the Third has been sworn in as the 15th president of the Philippines. Combating corruption and improving the country's business climate, infrastructure and education were the highlights of his inauguration speech.
Aquino promised that the country will have a set of leaders who will prioritize the economic and social welfare interests of its citizens. To address corruption, Aquino said he will scrutinize the so-called "midnight appointments" of his predecessor Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to earn back the trust of the Filipino people. His administration promises to focus on providing jobs for local communities. He added that the Philippines will be a reliable member of the international community.
Benigno Aquino III, Philippine President, said, "To our friends and neighbors around the world, we are ready to take our place as a reliable member of the community of nations, a nation serious about its commitments and which harmonizes its national interest with its international responsibilities."