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PREPAREDNESS: A KILLER QUAKE 20 TIMES WORSE THAN BAGUIO (1990) COULD KILL 34,000


JULY 30 --METROWIDE BIG QUAKE DRILL: PHOTO by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net When a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Baguio on July 16, 1990, five-year-old Klaridelle Reyes was sleeping on a couch. She woke up to a cacophony of voices and loud footsteps. She could hear people shouting, running to safety. Kyle Yan, a 16-year-old student at Saint Louis University, was also napping on that cold afternoon when the quake struck. He awoke in the commotion and then waded through piles of books and personal belongings that had fallen to the floor during the first few seconds of the quake. Outside, buildings were starting to crumble, landslides blocked roads and mines collapsed on hapless workers. By the time the two of them reached the streets, they were homeless. Strike-slip or horizontal movements of the Philippine Fault Zone and the splay Digdig Fault, which occurred at 4:26 p.m. on that day, created a 125-kilometer ground rupture from Aurora to Nueva Vizcaya. The earthquake’s epicentre was located near the town of Rizal in Nueva Ecija, but it was in the tourist destination of Baguio City where many died. Grade 4 student Drew Calachan was waiting for a jeepney in Cubao when it hit. The road started to ripple. He was confused as he watched the ground move in waves, the Isetan Tower swaying from left to right as though it was going to break. “The ride suddenly felt strange, like the bus couldn’t keep a straight line,” Louis Alferez recalled of that afternoon he rode a bus on his way home from the University of the Philippines. At the Duty Free mall near the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Jose Del Mundo and his colleagues held onto bottles of expensive liquor as the ground shook. He thought of running to the tarmac but the glass windows of the mall had started to rattle, producing a deafening sound that spooked them and left them rooted to the spot. Back in Baguio, Klaridelle, who cried the whole afternoon as the aftershocks continued, slept in the nearby park with her family. Village officials erected tents and her family stayed in one for five days until it was deemed safe to sleep indoors.
Kyle’s village was not as fortunate; many families slept on the pavement, with only blankets and raincoats protecting them from the rain. Their house, which was made of wood and concrete, was destroyed. READ MORE...

ALSO: Manila holds drill to prepare for killer quake


JULY 30 ---METROWIDE DRILL EMPHASIZED PREPAREDNESS
Officials in the Philippines, which has been hit by several natural disasters in recent years, said they expect a large number of people to join a drill Thursday to prepare metropolitan Manila and nearby provinces for a feared 7.2-magnitude earthquake from an active fault that could kill tens of thousands and displace millions.
Renato Solidum, who heads the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, said the West Valley Fault, which cuts across the capital of more than 12 million people and outlying provinces, could shift anytime based on its seismic history. Church bells rang, sirens wailed and authorities sent out cellphone alarm messages to signal the start of the drill, which aims to simulate the panicky moments when a massive quake strikes and test the readiness of the public and the government. READ: Metro-wide quake drill on July 30 eyes 12M participants “We don’t have a culture of preparedness,” said Metropolitan Manila Governor Francis Tolentino, adding work needed to be done to reduce a potential death toll estimated at 35,000. READ MORE...

ALSO LIVE updates: Metro Manila quake drill


JULY 30 --Police and commuters cover their heads to simulate a powerful earthquake during a drill at a commercial center in suburban Taguig city east of Manila, Philippines, Thursday, July 23, 2015. Various earthquake drills took place nationwide as officials and first responders assessed their emergency preparedness. AP/Bullit Marquez
Metro Manila braces for an anticipated 7.2-magnitude earthquake and sets for metro-wide "shake" drill on Wednesday. Get the latest updates on this page about the #MMQuakeDrill . [LIVE widget will load below] READ, PHOTOS...

ALSO: 8 congressmen ‘die’ in big quake drill


JULY 30 ---The Philippine Army took charge of rescue operations. The East Sector command post, which covers Pasig and Marikina, supervised the drill.
At least eight lawmakers and 12 others “died” in a simulation of a massive 7.2-magnitude earthquake hitting the House of Representatives Thursday, part of the Metro Manila-wide earthquake drill. House Secretary General Marilyn Barua-Yap said that, in the disaster scenario, at least 50 other lawmakers and employees of the chamber were “hurt” during the exercise from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Yap said the House needed to be prepared for the “Big One” especially because the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City was near the West Valley Fault. “The fruit of the exercise is awareness.It’s not your usual earthquake or fire. This is going to be worse,” Yap said. Except for a 40-year-old female employee, the drill proceeded without any untoward events. Staff acted as pregnant women, persons with disabilities, senior citizens and earthquake victims for the metro-wide quake drill. The House of Representatives is among the government institutions that participated in the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority’s (MMDA’s) Metro Manila Shake Drill, which aims to instruct the public on how to react in case of a 7.2-magnitude earthquake hits the metropolis. In malls, shoppers ran to open spaces, away from fallings structures and debris. The same was done in the Malacañang compound, although President Benigno Aquino III did not participate. Imaginary fires were doused in the Ayala area in Makati City where rescuers also rappelled and carried victims to safety. MMDA chair Francis Tolentino said around a million people participated in the drill. Meanwhile, four disaster scenarios were tested Thursday morning during the #MMQuakeDrill conducted at the LRT2-Santolan station depot in Marikina City. READ MORE...

ALSO: 6.5M participate in Metro Manila earthquake drill


JULY 30 --EARTHQUAKE DRILL – Large crowds walk out of buildings in Metro Manila yesterday after the announcement of the start of the first Metro-wide earthquake drill. Parañaque City Hall employees cover their heads with notebooks.
With the blaring of the sirens at exactly 10:30 a.m. yesterday, millions of Metro residents rushed out of their homes, office buildings, schools, and hospitals to participate in the first earthquake drill spearheaded by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), leaving at least one casualty, a grade school student who tripped while rushing out of his classroom in Parañaque City.
President Aquino, who authorized the synchronized earthquake drill, opted to monitor the Metro-wide exercise conducted by government agencies from his residence. “This is not just a drill fulfilled but a dream fulfilled. For the first time, we conducted a drill with the international community, with the Armed Forces of the Philippines, barangays, church,” said MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino. Over all, Tolentino said the shake drill participated in by an estimated 6.5 million people was “successful and historic.” From a 5.5 rating a few months ago, Tolentino now rated the level of awareness and readiness of Metro Manila residents at 7 (on a scale of 1 to 10). Tolentino said they were able to mobilize government and private assets and manpower for the drill. He added that there will be earthquake drills to be held annually to further prepare the people for the “Big One.” The drills will also be expanded to include the nearby provinces of Laguna, Bulacan, Rizal, and Cavite. The number of volunteers for the drill also ballooned to 1,079,407 with 2,111 organizations signing in to participate. “Earthquakes can have a big impact on our people,” said Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) Director Dr. Renato Solidum. The primary goal of Thursday’s drill is to prevent panic which could cause needless injuries and deaths should a magnitude 7.2 tremor hit the metropolis anytime in the future, according to National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Administrator Alexander Pama. READ MORE...

ALSO: Where was PNoy during the Metro Manila earthquake drill?


JULY 31---File photo shows President Benigno Aquino III working in his private office in Malacañang. File/Official Gazette/gov.ph/
The government on Thursday led a simultaneous metro-wide earthquake drill in the National Capital Region with one official missing in action.
President Benigno Aquino III, who authorized a memorandum requiring government employees to join the earthquake drill, decided not to join the event, according to Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. In a press briefing, Coloma said the president was in Bahay Pangarap, his official residence in Malacañang, where he received updates from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council regarding the earthquake drill. Coloma said it was Aquino's personal decision not to participate in the simulated scenarios during and after quakes. "The President was monitoring the progress of the drills conducted by government agencies," Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte also said in a text message to reporters. "The Presidential Security Group has solid evacuation protocols in place to ensure the safety of the President," she added. READ MORE...

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20 TIMES WORSE THAN BAGUIO: The Big One could kill 34,000


METRO BIG QUAKE DRILL: PHOTO by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

MANILA,
AUGUST 1, 2015 (INQUIRER) Kristine Angeli Sabillo @KSabilloINQ - When a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Baguio on July 16, 1990, five-year-old Klaridelle Reyes was sleeping on a couch. She woke up to a cacophony of voices and loud footsteps. She could hear people shouting, running to safety.

Kyle Yan, a 16-year-old student at Saint Louis University, was also napping on that cold afternoon when the quake struck. He awoke in the commotion and then waded through piles of books and personal belongings that had fallen to the floor during the first few seconds of the quake.

Outside, buildings were starting to crumble, landslides blocked roads and mines collapsed on hapless workers.

By the time the two of them reached the streets, they were homeless.

Strike-slip or horizontal movements of the Philippine Fault Zone and the splay Digdig Fault, which occurred at 4:26 p.m. on that day, created a 125-kilometer ground rupture from Aurora to Nueva Vizcaya.

The earthquake’s epicentre was located near the town of Rizal in Nueva Ecija, but it was in the tourist destination of Baguio City where many died.

Grade 4 student Drew Calachan was waiting for a jeepney in Cubao when it hit.

The road started to ripple. He was confused as he watched the ground move in waves, the Isetan Tower swaying from left to right as though it was going to break.

“The ride suddenly felt strange, like the bus couldn’t keep a straight line,” Louis Alferez recalled of that afternoon he rode a bus on his way home from the University of the Philippines.

At the Duty Free mall near the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Jose Del Mundo and his colleagues held onto bottles of expensive liquor as the ground shook. He thought of running to the tarmac but the glass windows of the mall had started to rattle, producing a deafening sound that spooked them and left them rooted to the spot.

Back in Baguio, Klaridelle, who cried the whole afternoon as the aftershocks continued, slept in the nearby park with her family. Village officials erected tents and her family stayed in one for five days until it was deemed safe to sleep indoors.

Kyle’s village was not as fortunate; many families slept on the pavement, with only blankets and raincoats protecting them from the rain. Their house, which was made of wood and concrete, was destroyed.

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Around 1,600 people were said to have been killed in what is considered the second deadliest earthquake in the world that year (the deadliest struck Iran).

Thousands were trapped under rubble and the city was isolated for two days.
The main earthquake lasted for 45 seconds but the damage it wrought on 15 provinces took at least a year to recover from.

In our lifetime?

It might be impossible to predict when the next earthquake may occur but scientists can pin down what is called a recurrence interval or the average time span between earthquake occurrences.

For the West Valley Fault, four major earthquakes have been determined to have taken taken place in the last 1,400 years. It has a recurrence interval of 400 to 500 years. The last major earthquake originating from the fault was recorded in 1658 or 357 years ago.

This means that it may be time soon — perhaps in our lifetime, or that of our children — for another major movement in the fault.

The Philippine archipelago is sandwiched in between two opposite subduction zones — that of the Eurasian Plate (South China Plate) which subducts (is forced under) Luzon along the Manila Trench and that of the Philippine Sea Plate that subducts toward the west along the East Luzon Trench. These zones explain high seismic activity in Luzon.

In a joint study with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Phivolcs looked at 18 earthquake scenarios.

The three organizations selected three scenarios for detailed damage analysis: a 7.2-magnitude earthquake from the West Valley Fault, an offshore 7.9-magnitude earthquake from the Manila Trench and a 6.5-magnitude earthquake hitting Manila Bay.

That of the West Valley Fault, a 100-kilometer fault that runs through six cities in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, is considered the worst-case scenario.

This is “The Big One.”

READ: Fast facts: West Valley Fault

While the strongest earthquake recorded in the country was an offshore magnitude 8.3 earthquake in Mindanao in the 1920s, and certain seismological models predict the possibility of another offshore 8.5-magnitude earthquake, a major West Valley Fault movement could result in a disaster of never-before-seen proportions.

The longer the fault runs, Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum Jr. said, the higher the magnitude. And a higher magnitude also means a longer duration.

“The larger the earthquake, the longer the shaking,” he said, adding that a major quake will probably last at least 30 seconds based on a duration magnitude formula.

A magnitude 7.2 earthquake that lasts for at least 30 seconds? If that happens in the West Valley Fault, about 34,000 people may die. That staggering estimate does not take into account the toll from other disasters that may follow, like fires.

Vulnerabilities

According to the Metropolitan Manila Earthquake Impact Reduction Study (MMEIRS), a 7.2-magnitude earthquake from the West Valley Fault will result in the collapse of 170,000 residential houses and the death of 34,000 people. Another 114,000 individuals will be injured while 340,000 houses will be partly damaged.
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At least seven bridges will fall off while 10 percent of public buildings will be heavily damaged.

The 4,615 kilometers of water distribution pipes will suffer 4,000 points of breakage. Thirty kilometers worth of electric cables will be cut and 95 kilometers of communication cables will be disconnected. Cellular phone service will be congested and out of use.

Of the structures that will be damaged, those of informal settlers will have a higher damage ratio.

People living in buildings may be trapped inside elevators as electricity fails.

Of the 34,000 people projected to die within an hour of the earthquake, 90 percent will be killed from the pressure of collapsed structures. Some of them will initially survive but will die if they are not immediately rescued.

About 20,000 people will be trapped in damaged buildings and “burnt to death.”

While many of those in informal communities will survive the main quake, a number will die from the fires, which will be triggered by short circuits and leakage from gas tanks.

Several fires will originate from factories, hospitals and kitchens. The scenario, which is assumed to occur at nighttime, predicts the fires will burn 1,710 hectares of land, claiming 18,000 lives.

Ambulances will be unable to get through the streets and bodies will be lined along the road. The scenario is reminiscent of the horrors of Supertyphoon Yolanda—although the study was released back in 2004.

The destruction, together with the losses that the economy will suffer, will constitute a national crisis, the study said.

A grim picture

When the Big One strikes, it will be felt this way.

Movement will start along the fault, several kilometers below the ground. It will move horizontally and will cause vibration or shaking, Solidum said.

At Intensity 8, which will be felt in Metro Manila and possibly Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna and Cavite, people will find it difficult to remain standing. Buildings and houses will suffer heavy damage, especially those not constructed to withstand earthquakes.

READ: 4 provinces near Metro to be hardest-hit by big quake – Phivolcs

There will be many aftershocks and this will last for a week or so. The aftershocks may number hundreds or thousands but only structures already weakened by the main earthquake will be further damaged.

There will be landslides and, especially near the fault, there will be permanent changes in the landscape as the quake ruptures the ground.

The study paints a grim picture, of people feeling a sudden jolt and then the shaking of the ground.

“You fall to the ground, unable to keep standing. You hear a booming sound. You hear screams from people inside their homes. You hear breaking glasses.

Telephone and power poles sway violently. Then the power goes off. In front of you, the village road is heaving, as if you are riding waves. The strong ground shaking goes on for 50 seconds. It is the longest 50 seconds of your life,” the text says.

It tells of the panic and confusion that will follow, of being cut off from the rest of the country and living in open spaces.

But it also serves as a great reminder of the need to be prepared and for authorities to improve risk reduction and management systems. Today, Thursday, the MMDA and thousands of participating groups will hold the largest earthquake drill to be held in Metropolitan Manila.

“We are counting on your participation,” the Metro Manila Shake Drill website says.

Below that announcement, a timer counts down the days and hours before the earthquake drill.

But there will be no timer for the Big One.


INQUIRER

Manila holds drill to prepare for killer quake @inquirerdotnet Associated Press 11:02 AM July 30th, 2015


METROWIDE DRILL EMPHASIZED PREPAREDNESS

MANILA, Philippines—Officials in the Philippines, which has been hit by several natural disasters in recent years, said they expect a large number of people to join a drill Thursday to prepare metropolitan Manila and nearby provinces for a feared 7.2-magnitude earthquake from an active fault that could kill tens of thousands and displace millions.

Renato Solidum, who heads the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, said the West Valley Fault, which cuts across the capital of more than 12 million people and outlying provinces, could shift anytime based on its seismic history.

Church bells rang, sirens wailed and authorities sent out cellphone alarm messages to signal the start of the drill, which aims to simulate the panicky moments when a massive quake strikes and test the readiness of the public and the government.
READ: Metro-wide quake drill on July 30 eyes 12M participants

“We don’t have a culture of preparedness,” said Metropolitan Manila Governor Francis Tolentino, adding work needed to be done to reduce a potential death toll estimated at 35,000.

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In a clearing near Manila Bay, designated as a government emergency operations center, air force helicopters prepared to evacuate the wounded and rescue teams brought cadaver bags, stretchers and first-aid kits.

The Philippines, with a population of more than 100 million people, is one of the world’s most disaster-prone countries and lies in the so-called Pacific “Ring of Fire,” where earthquakes and volcanic activities are common. A 7.7-magnitude quake killed nearly 2,000 people on the main northern island of Luzon, which includes Manila, in 1990.

The western Pacific archipelago is also lashed by about 20 storms and typhoons each year. Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan), one of the most ferocious storms on record to hit land, devastated large areas of the central Philippines in November 2013, leaving more than 7,300 dead and missing.

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Police and commuters cover their heads to simulate a powerful earthquake during a drill at a commercial center in suburban Taguig city east of Manila, Philippines, Thursday, July 23, 2015. Various earthquake drills took place nationwide as officials and first responders assessed their emergency preparedness. AP/Bullit Marquez

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8 congressmen ‘die’ in big quake drill By: Marc Jayson Cayabyab @MJcayabyabINQ INQUIRER.net 06:30 PM July 30th, 2015


The Philippine Army took charge of rescue operations. The East Sector command post, which covers Pasig and Marikina, supervised the drill.

At least eight lawmakers and 12 others “died” in a simulation of a massive 7.2-magnitude earthquake hitting the House of Representatives Thursday, part of the Metro Manila-wide earthquake drill.

House Secretary General Marilyn Barua-Yap said that, in the disaster scenario, at least 50 other lawmakers and employees of the chamber were “hurt” during the exercise from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Yap said the House needed to be prepared for the “Big One” especially because the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City was near the West Valley Fault.

“The fruit of the exercise is awareness.It’s not your usual earthquake or fire. This is going to be worse,” Yap said.

Except for a 40-year-old female employee, the drill proceeded without any untoward events. Staff acted as pregnant women, persons with disabilities, senior citizens and earthquake victims for the metro-wide quake drill.

The House of Representatives is among the government institutions that participated in the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority’s (MMDA’s) Metro Manila Shake Drill, which aims to instruct the public on how to react in case of a 7.2-magnitude earthquake hits the metropolis.

In malls, shoppers ran to open spaces, away from fallings structures and debris. The same was done in the Malacañang compound, although President Benigno Aquino III did not participate.

Imaginary fires were doused in the Ayala area in Makati City where rescuers also rappelled and carried victims to safety. MMDA chair Francis Tolentino said around a million people participated in the drill. Meanwhile, four disaster scenarios were tested Thursday morning during the #MMQuakeDrill conducted at the LRT2-Santolan station depot in Marikina City.

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The first featured a collapsed two-story house with the victims still inside; the second involved two electrical posts collapsing on a vehicle.

The collapse of the Marikina bridge was the third scenario, with victims falling off the bridge and being rescued using the WASSAR (Water Safety Search and Rescue) method.

The last scenario had one victim still hanging on to the bridge. The victim was rescued by rappelling Philippine Army soldiers, then transferred to a coast guard pump boat to bring him to a safe area, said East Sector deputy commander Dr. Josefina Faulan.

An LED monitor was set up to display the progress of the search and rescue operations. Evacuees ducked, covered and held as sirens blared at exactly 10:30 a.m. for the metrowide earthquake drill spearheaded by the Metro Manila Development Authority, in preparation for “The Big One,” an anticipated 7.2-magnitude earthquake generated by the West Valley Fault, which runs through Marikina, Pasig and Muntinlupa and other cities.

The Philippine Red Cross set up a medical station while the Department of Social Welfare and Development distributed relief goods. —With a report from Beanne Guevarra and Mary Gillan Frances Ropero, INQUIRER.net trainees Originally posted at 12:49 pm | July 30, 2015

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6.5M participate in Metro Manila earthquake drill by Anna Liza Villas-Alavaren July 31, 2015 Share3 Tweet4 Share0 Email0 Share132


EARTHQUAKE DRILL – Large crowds walk out of buildings in Metro Manila yesterday after the announcement of the start of the first Metro-wide earthquake drill. Parañaque City Hall employees cover their heads with notebooks.

With the blaring of the sirens at exactly 10:30 a.m. yesterday, millions of Metro residents rushed out of their homes, office buildings, schools, and hospitals to participate in the first earthquake drill spearheaded by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), leaving at least one casualty, a grade school student who tripped while rushing out of his classroom in Parañaque City.

President Aquino, who authorized the synchronized earthquake drill, opted to monitor the Metro-wide exercise conducted by government agencies from his residence.

“This is not just a drill fulfilled but a dream fulfilled. For the first time, we conducted a drill with the international community, with the Armed Forces of the Philippines, barangays, church,” said MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino.

Over all, Tolentino said the shake drill participated in by an estimated 6.5 million people was “successful and historic.”

From a 5.5 rating a few months ago, Tolentino now rated the level of awareness and readiness of Metro Manila residents at 7 (on a scale of 1 to 10).

Tolentino said they were able to mobilize government and private assets and manpower for the drill.

He added that there will be earthquake drills to be held annually to further prepare the people for the “Big One.” The drills will also be expanded to include the nearby provinces of Laguna, Bulacan, Rizal, and Cavite.

The number of volunteers for the drill also ballooned to 1,079,407 with 2,111 organizations signing in to participate.

“Earthquakes can have a big impact on our people,” said Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) Director Dr. Renato Solidum.

The primary goal of Thursday’s drill is to prevent panic which could cause needless injuries and deaths should a magnitude 7.2 tremor hit the metropolis anytime in the future, according to National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Administrator Alexander Pama.

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He said the development of “muscle memory” (instinctive reaction of what to do in an event of major quake) will help prevent panic and provide Filipinos with the readiness, skills and knowledge needed to survive a major tremor.

Once the “duck, cover, and hold” mentality takes effect, the NDRRMC chief said it is very probable that injuries and deaths that would result in a major earthquake will be greatly reduced.

He added that a night-time earthquake drill is also in the offing to give the public and searchers-and-rescuers the skills needed to perform in the dark.

During Thursday’s exercises which simulated the effects of a massive magnitude 7.2 earthquake in Metro Manila, an “initial damage assessment” was conducted via aerial reconnaissance, using aircraft with data-link capability and motorcycle volunteers.

Afterwards, the NDRRMC activated its “National Response Clusters” involving the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

This involves the DSWD activating its “12-Response Clusters” which direct the AFP to set up its Multi-National Coordination Center to request aid from other allies of the country.

GRIM AND WORST-CASE SCENARIOS

The National Capital Region was painted with a grim and worst-case scenarios of an imminent earthquake – hundreds of ‘victims’ with fake blood on the ground, ‘buildings’ collapsed, students under school desks and workers being evacuated to safety, rescuers springing into action to treat those injured, fire fighters putting out blazes, helicopters delivering recue assistance, the dead being buried.

At the Aseana Open Field in Paranaque City, Phivolcs director Renato Solidum announced that Metro Manila was rocked by intensity 8 earthquake at exactly 10:30 am.

Thereafter, a recording of a 30-second earthquake sound – people screaming, falling objects, sirens, ambulances, ground shaking was played.

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The Philippine Coast Guard, one of the many teams in the ‘rescue operations,’ prepares ‘injured survivors’ to be transferred by boat to a floating hospital as part of its ‘Seaborne Evacuation’ during the drill. (Bob Dungo, Manny Llanes, and Camille Ante) The Philippine Coast Guard, one of the many teams in the ‘rescue operations,’ prepares ‘injured survivors’ to be transferred by boat to a floating hospital as part of its ‘Seaborne Evacuation’ during the drill. (Bob Dungo, Manny Llanes, and Camille Ante) MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino activated Oplan Metro Yakal that called for the deployment of disaster personnel and rescuers in pre-designated sectors all over the metropolis.

Minutes later, the open field was filled with ambulances transporting injured persons, helicopters airlifting victims, rescue vehicles conducting search operations and fire trucks and military assets with contingents from the Red Cross, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Coast Guard, Bureau of Fire, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and funeral operators.

The staging area served as a command center with linked communications to evacuation sites in the four quadrants.

Department of Public Works and Highways Rogelio Singson, diplomats and ambassadors from embassies arrived to deliver assistance to the quake victims.

Tolentino received reports from different quadrants where scenarios – fire, medical triage and relief operation, debris cleaning, and fallen structures.

Nearby, at least 120 ‘dead’ persons in cadaver bags – some badly crushed and mutilated from different evacuation sites were ‘buried’ in a 6-meter deep, wide and long burial site.

Several funeral parlor operators were seen carrying coffins while the police and the National Bureau of Investigation processed the identification of persons who “died” in the earthquake. The drill ended at exactly 11:30 am.

ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT

Tolentino noted that the government has to look into the structural retrofitting of buildings, houses, and even bridges to assure public safety in case a major earthquake occurs.

He also called on families to do their own earthquake drills at home.

A day before the drill, Tolentino said the agency’s website bogged down following the registration of 1.7 million volunteers who wanted to be part of the agency’s emergency response team.

SOLID EVACUATION PROTOCOLS

“The President was monitoring the progress of the drills conducted by government agencies,” Deputy presidential spokeswoman Abigail Valte said, explaining Aquino’s absence during the drill at the Palace.

Valte assured that the Presidential Security Group has solid evacuation protocols in place to ensure the safety of the President in case a powerful earthquake hits the country. She did not elaborate what these protocols are.

At exactly 10: 30 a.m., several Palace officials and employees participated in the metro-wide simulated disaster drill at the New Executive Building, practicing their “drop, cover and hold” survival skill.

In the drill, Valte, Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda and Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. and other Palace employees dropped, sought cover under a table and held on to something to avoid being hit by debris. Afterwards, they left their workstations and proceeded outside the Palace building until the exercise was over.

While the MMDA implemented the shake drill, Coloma said the NDRMMC held a meeting in Camp Aguinaldo to monitor the exercise. Present in the meeting were Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, Health Secretary Janette Garin, Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles, Armed Forces chief Gen. Hernando Iriberri and representatives from the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Coast Guard.

SENATORS A ‘NO-SHOW’

The Senate’s own earthquake drill yesterday went smoothly despite certain changes in the evacuation plan. But there were no senators present during the drill. Their staff and other employees of the Senate, however, actively participated in the exercise.

There is no session on Thursdays, so power was turned off at exactly 10:30 a.m. when the alarm system and fire truck siren sounded off.

Senate participants were supposed to proceed to the 6th and 7th floor evacuation areas after doing the “duck, cover, and hold” maneuver because the Senate was supposed to apply the liquefaction scenario for the drill since the Senate building stands in a reclaimed area.

In a liquefaction scenario, the strength of the soil decreases and the ability of the soil to support building foundations are reduced, triggered by earthquake shaking.

However, the Senate’s security officials changed plans and ushered participants outside the building towards the Senate basketball court situated near the parking lot.

LONE CASUALTY

A grade 7 student of Parañaque National High School-Main (PNHS) was injured after he accidentally tripped as he was stumbling out of his classroom during the metro-wide earthquake drill held yesterday morning.

“Natapilok po ako habang palabas ng room. Nadaganan din po ako ng mga kaklase ko (My left foot tripped while I was about to go outside our classroom. I also got pressed by some of my classmates),” Justin Deluyas said.

The school’s clinic personnel and Red Cross volunteers readily applied first-aid to Deluyas’ left ankle. His parents were also immediately notified of the incident.

Deluyas, out of 3,900 students from the morning shift, was the only one hurt in the entire duration of the quake drill in PNHS, police reported.

REPEAT, REPLICATE

Officials want to repeat and even replicate the conduct of Metro Shake Drill in urban areas in the provinces following its success in the metropolis yesterday morning.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas said they want to cascade the conduct of the drill down to the regional level, saying there is a need to further improve whatever the gaps that have been observed in yesterday’s drill in preparation for the Big One.

At Camp Crame in Quezon City, more than 5,000 policemen, civilian employees and students of a school inside the camp have participated in the earthquake drill.

LUISTRO, STUDENTS ON THE DRILL

At the DepEd Central Office in Pasig City, Education Secretary Armin led the drill along with employees. Earlier, he instructed all public schools in Metro Manila to participate in the quake drill which was conducted simultaneously by participating schools, establishments and local government units (LGUs) at 10:30 a.m.

In various public schools, the quake drill was led by their respective schools heads. School heads, teachers and other personnel, and the students were given briefing what to do during an earthquake. The drill also served as a venue for schools to practice possible scenarios in an eventuality of an earthquake.

Earlier, DepEd said that there are at least 20 schools that are along or affected by the Valley Fault System including Pedro Diaz High School, Buli Elementary School, Alabang Elementary School, Anne Claire Montessori, Barangka National High School, Ateneo de Manila University, Filinvest II Ideal Montessori Center, Inc., Army’s Angels Integrated School, Sto. Niño Catholic School, Our Lady of the Abandoned Catholic School, APEC School- Muntinlupa, St. Therese of the Child Jesus Annex Adelina I San Pedro, Laguna, and Muntinlupa Institute of Technology. The public schools include the Macabud National High School, Tagumpay National High School, Tagumpay Elementary School, Mascap Elementary School, Mascap National High School, and Karahumi Elementary School.

IMPASSABLE ROADS

A strong earthquake rendered Roxas Boulevard and other roads in Manila impassable yesterday during a simulated earthquake drill. Seven victims were grappling for urgent medical evacuations, but rescuers encountered difficulty in getting them to a hospital. They had to be transported by boat.

Personnel from Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Thursday launched a simulated seaborne medical evacuation on quake victims in Manila Bay from Rajah Sulayman-Diamond Hotel area.

“BRP Pampanga served as hospital ship. We deployed 14 floating assets in Manila Bay, Pasig River, Sta. Ana (Manila) and Marikina,” PCG spokesperson Commander Armand Balilo said.

During the medical evacuation, a PCG rescue team, composed of five persons, went to the affected area and transported the quake victims to the vessel in Manila Bay.

Along the Pasig River, Coast Guard vessels transported casualties from Sta. Ana to the Intramuros area in Manila.

As part of the July 30 shake drill, Metro Manila was divided into four quadrants— north sector (Caloocan, Valenzuela, Malabon and Quezon City), south sector (Makati, Taguig, Muntinlupa, Parañaque, Las Piñas), west sector (Navotas, Manila and Pasay) and east sector (Marikina and Pasig City).

REPEAT THE DRILL

After conducting yesterday’s Metro Manila wide earthquake drill to prepare for the “Big One’’, a Quezon City building official has strongly recommended that similar activities be regularly conducted in schools, barangays and offices to minimize casualties and injuries in case of earthquakes of similar high magnitude.

Office of the Building Official (OBO) chief Isagani Verzosa said that the move will complement his office’s continuing efforts in ensuring the stability and integrity of all the structures in the city.

LOGBOOKS, FILE CASES ON THEIR HEADS

Members of the Manila Police District protected themselves yesterday by walking out of the police headquarters with record books and card boards placed over their heads. When the siren sounded, the police and their staff observed the ‘Drop, Cover, and Hold’ for 45 seconds as advised.

Police and non-uniformed police personnel from the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) also participated in the drill with no less than newly-appointed QCPD director Chief Supt. Edgardo G. Tinio, leading his men at the QCPD headquarters in Camp Karingal, Quezon City.

ORCHESTRATED CHAOS

The Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Marikina (PLMAR) joined yesterday the nationwide earthquake drill by orchestrating chaos that helped their students learn the basics of evacuation and putting safety above anything.

A WALK IN THE PARK

Thousands of employees from 38 multinational and local companies in Manila flocked yesterday morning to Luneta Park as part of the Metro-wide shake drill.

Employees calmly went out of their respective offices when the emergency bell rang at around 10:30 a.m., and proceeded to an open field near the Lapu-Lapu shrine in Luneta Park, Manila.

(With reports from Genalyn D. Kabiling, Hannah L. Torregoza, Rachel Joyce Burce, Aaron B. Recuenco, Chito A. Chavez, Raymund F. Antonio, Merlina Hernando-Malipot, Ed Mahilum, Francis T. Wakefield, Madelynne Dominguez, Argyll Cyrus B. Geducos, and Jel Santos)


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MANILA, Philippines - The government on Thursday led a simultaneous metro-wide earthquake drill in the National Capital Region with one official missing in action.

President Benigno Aquino III, who authorized a memorandum requiring government employees to join the earthquake drill, decided not to join the event, according to Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr.

In a press briefing, Coloma said the president was in Bahay Pangarap, his official residence in Malacañang, where he received updates from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council regarding the earthquake drill.

Coloma said it was Aquino's personal decision not to participate in the simulated scenarios during and after quakes.

"The President was monitoring the progress of the drills conducted by government agencies," Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte also said in a text message to reporters.

"The Presidential Security Group has solid evacuation protocols in place to ensure the safety of the President," she added.

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The Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, headed by Metro Manila Development Authority Chair Francis Tolentino, led the earthquake drill from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Sirens wailed and authorities sent out cellphone alarm messages to signal the start of the drill, which aims to simulate the panicky moments when a massive quake strikes and test the readiness of the public and the government.

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"We don't have a culture of preparedness," said Tolentino, adding that work is still needed to be done to reduce an estimated potential death toll of 35,000 from a 7.2-magnitude earthquake.

The metro-wide earthquake drill sought to prepare citizens for such a powerful earthquake triggered by a movement by the West Valley Vault.

Renato Solidum, head of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), said the West Valley Fault could shift anytime based on its seismic history.

The 100-kilometer faultline cuts across Metro Manila, which has 12 million people, and outlying provinces.

Phivolcs had warned that an earthquake with magnitude up to 7.2 may cause significant damages and fatalities in the metropolis. - Louis Bacani with the Associated Press


FROM WIKIPEDIA

Benigno Aquino III This article is about the current Philippine president.

Benigno Aquino III: 15th President of the Philippines- Incumbent
Assumed office June 30, 2010
Vice President Jejomar Binay; Preceded by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Secretary of the Interior and Local Government
In office Acting- June 30, 2010 – July 9, 2010
Preceded by Jesse Robredo
Succeeded by Manuel Roxas
Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives
In office November 8, 2004 – February 21, 2006
Preceded by Raúl Gonzalez
Succeeded by Simeón Datumanong
Senator of the Philippines
In office June 30, 2007 – June 30, 2010
Member of the House of Representatives
from Tarlac's 2nd district
In office June 30, 1998 – June 30, 2007
Preceded by José Yap
Succeeded by José Yap

Personal details:
Born Benigno Simeón Cojuangco Aquino III
February 8, 1960 (age 55)
Manila, Philippines
Political party Liberal Party
Residence Bahay Pangarap
Alma mater Ateneo de Manila University
Religion Roman Catholicism

Aquino is a fourth-generation politician: his great-grandfather, Servillano "Mianong" Aquino, served as a delegate to the Malolos Congress; his grandfather, Benigno Aquino, Sr., served as Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Philippines from 1943 to 1944;

His parents were President Corazon Aquino and Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr. Aquino is a member of the Liberal Party.

In the Liberal Party, Aquino held various positions such as Secretary General and Vice President for Luzon. Aquino is the Chairman of the Liberal Party.

Born in Manila, Aquino finished his Bachelor of Arts (major in Economics) from Ateneo de Manila University in 1981 and joined his family in their exile in the United States shortly thereafter.

He returned to the Philippines in 1983 shortly after the assassination of his father and held several positions working in the private sector.

In 1998, he was elected to the House of Representatives as Representative of the 2nd district of Tarlac province. He was subsequently re-elected to the House in 2001 and 2004.

In 2007, having been barred from running for re-election to the House due to term limits, he was elected to the Senate in the 14th Congress of the Philippines.

Following the death of his mother on August 1, 2009, many people began calling on Aquino to run for president.[4] On September 9, 2009, Aquino officially announced he would be a candidate in the 2010 presidential election, held on May 10, 2010.

On June 9, 2010, the Congress of the Philippines proclaimed Aquino the winner of the 2010 presidential election.

On June 30, 2010, at the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park, Manila, Aquino was sworn into office as the fifteenth President of the Philippines, succeeding Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, by Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines Conchita Carpio-Morales.

In 2013, TIME named him one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Although the official residence of the president is the Malacañang Palace, Aquino actually resides in the Bahay Pangarap (House of Dreams), located within the Palace grounds.

Early life and education
Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Aquino III was born at 10:28 AM on February 8, 1960 at Far Eastern University Hospital in Sampaloc, Manila. He is the third of the five children of Benigno S. Aquino, Jr., who was then the Vice Governor of Tarlac province, and Corazon Cojuangco, daughter of a prominent Tarlac businessman. He has four sisters, namely: Maria Elena (Ballsy), Aurora Corazon (Pinky), Victoria Elisa (Viel), and Kristina Bernadette (Kris).

He attended Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City for his elementary, high school, and college education. He graduated in 1981 with a Bachelor's degree in Economics.

He was one of the students of former professor of economics at Ateneo de Manila University, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

In September 1972, Aquino's father, who was then a senator and prominent opposition leader to President Ferdinand Marcos, was arrested for subversion.

In August 1973, Aquino's father was brought before a military tribunal in Fort Bonifacio.[16] On August 25, 1973, Aquino's father wrote a letter to his son from Fort Bonifacio, giving advice to his son; "The only advice I can give you: Live with honor and follow your conscience. There is no greater nation on earth than our Motherland. No greater people than our own. Serve them with all your heart, with all your might and with all your strength. Son, the ball is now in your hands."

In 1980, after a series of heart attacks, Aquino's father was allowed to seek medical treatment in the United States, where Aquino's family began a period of self-exile. In 1981, shortly after graduation, Aquino joined his family in the United States.

In 1983, after three years in exile in the United States, Aquino's family returned to the Philippines, shortly after the assassination of his father on August 21, 1983. He had a short tenure as a member of the Philippine Business for Social Progress, working as an assistant of the executive director of PBSP.

He later joined Mondragon Industries Philippines, Inc. as an assistant Retail Sales Supervisor and assistant promotions manager for Nike Philippines, Inc.

From 1986 to 1992, during the presidency of his mother, Aquino joined the Intra-Strata Assurance Corporation, a company owned by his uncle Antolin Oreta Jr., as vice president.

On August 28, 1987, eighteen months into the presidency of Aquino's mother, rebel soldiers led by Gregorio Honasan staged an unsuccessful coup attempt, attempting to siege Malacañang Palace. Aquino was two blocks from the palace when he came under fire. Three of Aquino's four security escorts were killed, and the last was wounded protecting him. He himself was hit by five bullets, one of which is still embedded in his neck.

From 1993 to 1998, he worked for Central Azucarera de Tarlac, the sugar refinery in charge of the Cojuangco-owned Hacienda Luisita, as the executive assistant for administration from 1993 to 1996, then he worked as manager for field services from 1996 to 1998.

Congressional career- House of Representatives
Aquino became Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives on November 8, 2004, but relinquished the post on February 21, 2006, when Aquino joined the Liberal Party in calling for the resignation of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo at the height of the Hello Garci scandal.

Aquino was also Chairman of the Board of the Central Luzon Congressional Caucus.

Senate
Barred from running for re-election to the House of Representatives of the Philippines, to represent the 2nd district of Tarlac, due to term limits, Aquino was elected to the Senate of the Philippines in the 2007 Philippine midterm election on May 15, 2007, under the banner of the Genuine Opposition (GO), a coalition comprising a number of parties, including Aquino's own Liberal Party, seeking to curb attempts by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to amend the 1986 Philippine Constitution.

In Aquino's political ads, he was endorsed by his younger sister, TV host Kris Aquino, and his mother, the late former President Corazon Aquino.

Although a Roman Catholic, Aquino was endorsed by the pentecostal Jesus Is Lord Church, one of the largest Protestant churches in the Philippines. With more than 14.3 million votes, Aquino's tally was the sixth highest of the 37 candidates for the 12 vacant seats elected from the nation at large. Aquino assumed his new office on June 30, 2007.

During the campaign, Aquino reached out to his former enemy, Senator Gregorio Honasan, supporting his application for bail. Aquino told Job Tabada of Cebu Daily News, on March 5, 2007; "I endorse Honasan's request for bail para parehas ang laban [to even out the playing field]. I was hit by bullets from Honasan's men in the neck and hips but that's past now. The principle of my father was, 'Respect the rights even of your enemies.' Ito ang nagpatingkad ng demokrasya [This is what defines democracy]. Genuine reconciliation is democracy in action."

Aquino was referring to an unsuccessful coup attempt staged by rebel soldiers led by Gregorio Honasan on August 28, 1987, in which Aquino was seriously injured.

Senate bills
The Budget Impoundment and Control Act (SB 3121), wherein "impoundment" refers to the power of the president to refuse the release of funds appropriated by the Congress of the Philippines, is another bill Aquino is proud of; he regretted, however, that such power has been used and abused by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, a result of which abuse has been the significant emasculation of Congress' ability to check the president's authority. Aquino filed this bill so the president would have to pass through Congress every time the president decides to impound part of the budget.

Another significant Aquino contribution to the Philippines' corruption problem is Senate Bill 2035, which is the Preservation of Public Infrastructures bill, seeking to raise standards in the construction of all public infrastructures by penalizing contractors of defective infrastructures. The bill also requires the Bureau of Maintenance under the Department of Public Works and Highways to conduct periodic inspections of public infrastructures.

Aquino also pushed for the passage of the Amending the Government Procurement Act (SB 2160), which applies to all government procurement activities regardless of source of funds whether local or foreign; only treaties or international/executive agreements entered into by the government prior to its enactment shall be exempt from coverage. The bill was filed in light of the Department of Justice declaration regarding the validity of the controversial NBN-ZTE scandal, wherein its international aspect, as well as the fact that it was an executive agreement, was cited as one reason for its exemption from the procurement process stipulated in Republic Act 9184.

Focusing further on accountability in government appropriations and spending, Aquino filed other reform-oriented, well-thought-out types of bills, among which were for: Philippine National Police reform; an increase in penalties for corporations and work establishments not compliant with minimum wage; the banning of reappointment to the Judicial and Bar Council; the prevention of reappointment and bypassing of the Commission on Appointments; real property valuation based on international standards; and superior responsibility for senior military officers, who are ultimately responsible for their own subordinates. However, none of these bills were passed into law.

2010 presidential campaign


Aquino being proclaimed as the President-elect of the Philippines by President of the Senate of the Philippines Juan Ponce Enrile and House Speaker Prospero Nograles at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City on June 9, 2010.

Aquino being proclaimed as the President-elect of the Philippines by President of the Senate of the Philippines Juan Ponce Enrile and House Speaker Prospero Nograles at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City on June 9, 2010.

On November 26, 2008, the Liberal Party elected Mar Roxas, president of the Liberal Party, as the standard-bearer of the Liberal Party for President of the Philippines in the then-upcoming 2010 presidential elections.

Following the death and funeral of Aquino's mother, former President Corazon Aquino, many people began calling on Aquino to run for President of the Philippines. This groundswell of support became known as the "Noynoy Phenomenon".


Roces also had a confession of his own. "I don’t really know Sen. Noynoy nor have I spoken to him. But our drive to gather one million signatures has seemingly taken a life of its own with people coming to us, people calling us, to share that they have the same dream as ours. Armed only with our dream, and our abiding faith in the Good Lord, we will move on".

On August 27, 2009, Edgardo "Eddie" Roces, son of the late Chino Roces, former publisher and owner of The Manila Times, and a group of lawyers and activists formed the Noynoy Aquino for President Movement (NAPM), a nationwide campaign to collect a million signatures in order to persuade Aquino to run for president, reminiscent of Roces' father, who on October 15, 1985, launched the Cory Aquino for President Movement (CAPM), collecting more than one million signatures nationwide, asking Aquino's mother to run against Ferdinand Marcos in the 1986 presidential snap elections.

In September 2009, the Liberal Party held numerous press conferences in relation to the 2010 elections at the Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan, the site of the presidential inauguration of Aquino's mother in February 1986.

On September 1, 2009, at the Club Filipino, in a press conference, Senator Mar Roxas, president of the Liberal Party, announced his withdrawal from the 2010 presidential race and expressed his support for Aquino, as the party standard-bearer instead. Aquino later stood side by side with Roxas, but did not make a public statement at the press conference.

The next day, Aquino announced that he would be going on a "spiritual retreat" over the weekend to finalize his decision for the elections,visiting the Carmelite sisters in Zamboanga City. reminiscent of his mother's own soul-searching in 1985 before deciding to run for the elections the following year. He came back on September 9 to formally announce his candidacy.

Almost two weeks later, Roxas pledged to run alongside Aquino as the Liberal Party standard-bearer for vice-president. The two men filed their respective certificates of candidacy for president and vice-president on November 28, 2009.

Fake psychiatric reports on Aquino's mental health began circulating online during the 90-day election campaign period from February 9 – May 8, 2010, Aquino received information that the first such report came from the wife of Nacionalista Party supporter and former National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR) president Guido Delgado, a move Aquino claims was made with "malicious intent".

A second report came from an unidentified supporter of Senator Manny Villar, the Nacionalistas' leader and presidential candidate. Later presented by Delgado at a press conference, the psychiatric report was supposedly signed by Father Jaime C. Bulatao, S.J., PhD, a Jesuit priest, a professor of Psychology and a clinical psychologist at the Ateneo de Manila University, taken when Aquino was finishing his Bachelor's degree in Economics at the university in 1979.

It reportedly showed that Aquino suffered from depression and melancholia, the priest later denied writing the document at all.

Another supposed psychiatric report that later surfaced claimed that Aquino suffered from major depressive disorder; the report's supposed author, Jesuit priest Father Carmelo A. Caluag II, denied writing any evaluations of Aquino.

The university's psychology department later debunked the documents, with Aquino labeling them as another desperate effort by rivals to malign his reputation.

During the campaign, Senator Francis Escudero began endorsing Aquino as president and PDP-Laban standard-bearer Jejomar Binay, for Vice President, launching the Aquino-Binay campaign.

However, this was done without the consent of the two candidates; Binay was former President Joseph Estrada's running mate for vice-president.

During the 2010 presidential election, held on May 10, 2010, in unofficial tallies, conducted by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) and the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), Aquino was the leading candidate in tallied votes for president, and in the official Congressional canvass, Aquino was the leading candidate in canvassed votes for president.

Aquino was unofficially being referred to as "president-apparent" by the media.

On June 9, 2010, at the Batasang Pambansa Complex, in Quezon City, the Congress of the Philippines proclaimed Aquino as the President-elect of the Philippines, following the 2010 election with 15,208,678 votes, while Jejomar Binay, the former mayor of Makati City, was proclaimed as the Vice President-elect of the Philippines with 14,645,574 votes, defeating runner-up for the vice presidency Mar Roxas, the standard-bearer of the Liberal Party for vice president.

Presidency
The Presidency of Benigno S. Aquino III began at noon on June 30, 2010, when he became the fifteenth President of the Philippines, succeeding Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Aquino is the:
Third-youngest person to be elected president, and the fourth-youngest president after Emilio Aguinaldo, Ramon Magsaysay and Ferdinand Marcos.
First president to be a bachelor and has no official consort, being unmarried and having no children.
Second president not to drink alcoholic beverages; the first president not to drink alcohol was Emilio Aguinaldo.
Eighth president to be a smoker.
First graduate of Ateneo de Manila University to become president.
Third president who will only hold office in Malacañang Palace, but not be a resident, following Corazon Aquino and Fidel V. Ramos.
First president to make Bahay Pangarap his official residence.
Third president to use his second given name, Simeon, as his middle initial, as Manuel L. Quezon and Jose P. Laurel did (Like his grandfather and father used his second name as well).
Second president to be a child of a former president (Former President Corazon Aquino).
First president to be a former student of a former president (Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the daughter of former President Diosdado Macapagal).

The presidential transition began on June 9, 2010, when the Congress of the Philippines proclaimed Aquino the winner of the 2010 Philippine presidential elections held on May 10, 2010, proclaiming Aquino as the President-elect of the Philippines. The transition was in charge of the new presidential residence, cabinet appointments and cordial meetings between them and the outgoing administration.


President Aquino at work


President Noynoy Aquino on YouTube Worldview as seen on ANC.

The presidential residence of Aquino is Bahay Pangarap (English: House of Dreams), located inside of Malacañang Park, at the headquarters of the Presidential Security Group across the Pasig River from Malacañang Palace.

Aquino is the first president to make Bahay Pangarap his official residence. Malacañang Park was intended as a recreational retreat by former President Manuel L. Quezon.

The house was built and designed by architect Juan Arellano in the 1930s, and underwent a number of renovations. In 2008, the house was demolished and rebuilt in contemporary style by architect Conrad Onglao, a new swimming pool was built, replacing the Commonwealth-era swimming pool.

The house originally had one bedroom, however, the house was renovated for Aquino to have four bedrooms, a guest room, a room for Aquino's household staff, and a room for Aquino's close-in security.

The house was originally intended as a rest house, the venue for informal activities and social functions for the First Family by former President Manuel L. Quezon.

Malacañang Park was refurbished through the efforts of First Lady Eva Macapagal, wife of former President Diosdado Macapagal, in the early 1960s. First Lady Macapagal renamed the rest house as Bahay Pangarap.

During the presidency of Fidel V. Ramos, the house was restored and became the club house of the Malacañang Golf Club.

The house was used by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to welcome special guests. Aquino refused to live in Malacañang Palace, the official residence of the President of the Philippines, or in Arlegui Mansion, the residence of former presidents Corazon Aquino and Fidel V. Ramos, stating that the two residences are too big, and also stated that his small family residence at Times Street in Quezon City would be impractical, since it would be a security concern for his neighbors.

On June 29, 2010, Aquino officially named the members of his Cabinet, with Aquino himself as Secretary of the Interior and Local Government, a position that Vice President-elect Jejomar Binay initially wanted, however, Aquino stated that the post is not being considered for him, but has offered Binay various positions, such as, to head a commission that will investigate the outgoing Arroyo administration, the posts of Secretary of Agrarian Reform, chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), and the chairman of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), but Binay refused.

Aquino also announced the formation of a truth commission that will investigate various issues including corruption allegations against outgoing President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Aquino named former Chief Justice Hilario Davide, Jr. to head the truth commission.


PRESIDENT NOY AQUINO'S NEMESES: Former President Arroyo, Ex-CJ Corona

Traditionally, it is the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines who administers the oath of office to the incoming president and vice president, however, Aquino refused to allow Chief Justice Renato Corona to swear him into office, due to Aquino's opposition to the midnight appointment of Corona by outgoing President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on May 12, 2010, two days after the 2010 elections and a month before Arroyo's term expired.

Instead, Aquino formally requested Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines Conchita Carpio-Morales, who opposed the midnight appointment of Corona, to swear him into office.


Incumbent Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales

Aquino took the oath of office on June 30, 2010, at the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park, Manila. The oath of office was administered by Associate Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales, who officially accepted Aquino's request to swear him into office, reminiscent of the decision of his mother, who in 1986, was sworn into the presidency by Associate Justice Claudio Teehankee. After being sworn in as the fifteenth President of the Philippines, succeeding Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Aquino delivered his inaugural address.

During the inaugural address, Aquino created the no ‘wang-wang’ policy, strengthening the implementation of Presidential Decree No. 96.

The term ‘wang-wang’ is street lingo for blaring sirens. Presidential Decree No. 96 was issued on January 13, 1973 by former President Ferdinand Marcos, regulating the use of sirens, bells, whistles, horns and other similar devices only to motor vehicles designated for the use of the president, vice president, senate president, House Speaker, chief justice, Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, National Bureau of Investigation, Land Transportation Office, Bureau of Fire Protection and ambulances.

However, despite having the privilege of using ‘wang-wang’, Aquino maintained he would set the example for his no ‘wang-wang’ policy, not to use ‘wang-wang’, even if it means being stuck in traffic and being late every now and then.

Aquino also traded the official black presidential Mercedes Benz S-Guard limousine for his own white Toyota Land Cruiser 200.

After the inaugural address, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority began to enforce Aquino's no ‘wang-wang’ policy, confiscating ‘wang-wang’ from public officials and private motorists who illegally used them.

From June 30 – July 9, 2010, Aquino was Secretary of the Interior and Local Government, until Aquino named Jesse Robredo, a former Naga mayor, as Interior Secretary.

On July 14, 2010, the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) called an emergency meeting in Camp Aguinaldo to assess the damage caused by Typhoon Basyang. Aquino attended the meeting to obtain information on the damage caused by Typhoon Basyang and to personally monitor the repair and recovery work in the aftermath of the typhoon.

In the meeting, Aquino criticized the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) for failing to predict and to warn the residents of Metro Manila that Typhoon Basyang would ravage Metropolitan Manila.

On July 15, 2010, Aquino offered Vice President Jejomar Binay the position of chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC). Binay has accepted the offer of Aquino to take charge of the housing sector as chairman of HUDCC.

On July 26, 2010, at the Batasang Pambansa, in Quezon City, Aquino delivered his first State of the Nation Address (SONA).

During Aquino's first State of the Nation Address (SONA), Aquino announced his intention to reform the education system in the Philippines by shifting to K–12 education, a 12-year basic education cycle. K–12 education is used in the United States, Canada, and Australia.

On July 30, 2010, Aquino signed Executive Order No. 1, creating the Truth Commission. The commission is tasked to investigate various anomalies and issues including graft and corruption allegations against the past administration, government officials and their accomplices in the private sector during the last nine years. The commission has until December 31, 2012 to complete its mission. Chief Justice Hilario Davide, Jr. will head the commission.

Presidential trips of President Aquino
On August 4, 2010, Aquino implemented Executive Order No. 2, signed on July 30, 2010, ordering the immediate removal of all midnight appointments made by the previous administration for violating the 60-day constitutional ban on presidential appointments before a national election.

On August 6, 2010, Aquino implemented Executive Order No. 3, signed on July 30, 2010, an executive order revoking Executive Order No. 883, signed by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on May 28, 2010, that automatically promoted lawyers in government executive service to the rank of Career Executive Service Officer III (CESO III).

Aquino also announced the removal of Prisco Nilo as administrator of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

PAGASA was directly under Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Undersecretary for Research and Development (R&D) Graciano Yumul.

A special order from DOST Secretary Mario Montejo, dated August 5, 2010, designated Yumul as PAGASA administrator, replacing Nilo. On August 7, 2010, Malacañang announced that Yumul will be heading PAGASA temporarily, for only three months, as PAGASA will undergo a "reorientation" to improve its services. Aquino has yet to name the new administrator who will permanently head PAGASA.

On August 9, 2010, Aquino implemented Executive Order No. 4, signed on July 30, 2010, reorganizing and renaming the Office of the Press Secretary as the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), and creating the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO).

Aquino appointed former ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) anchor Ricky Carandang and Herminio Coloma as secretaries of the new media communications group.

On August 13, 2010, Aquino appointed Maria Lourdes Aranal Sereno as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, his first appointment to the Supreme Court of the Philippines.

On August 14, 2010, Aquino directed the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to fully implement Executive Order No. 255, issued on July 25, 1987 by former President Corazon Aquino, requiring all radio stations to broadcast a minimum of four original Filipino musical compositions every hour.

On August 16, 2010, Aquino launched his official presidential website. The presidential website's aim is to create communication between Aquino and the people, getting feedback from the people, telling Aquino their woes and grievances.

On August 23, 2010, in front of the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park, Manila, the site of Aquino's presidential inauguration, the Manila hostage crisis occurred.


Manila hostage crisis Seven Hong Kong tourists and one tour guide were killed and 13 people were injured when a disgruntled former police officer opened fire on a bus full of Hong Kong tourists after hijacking it in Manila on August 23, 2010. Dissatisfied with the Philippine government's handling of the crisis and the ensuing investigation, Hong Kong issued a black travel alert against the Philippines and later introduced other sanctions. The two governments and victims' families reached an agreement on April 23, 2014 in which survivors and victims' families accepted an undisclosed amount of compensation from Manila and the Hong Kong government agreed to lift sanctions.

Aquino expressed concern over the matter and gave his condolences to the victims. Aquino defended the actions of the police at the scene, stating that the gunman had not shown any signs of wanting to kill the hostages.

Aquino ordered a "thorough investigation" into the incident, and would wait until it is completed before deciding whether anyone should lose his or her job.

Aquino declared that the media may have worsened the situation by giving the gunman "a bird's-eye view of the entire situation".

Aquino also made reference to the Moscow theater hostage crisis, which, according to Aquino, resulted in "more severe" casualties despite Russia's "resources and sophistication".

On August 24, 2010, Aquino signed Proclamation No. 23, declaring August 25, 2010, as a national day of mourning, instructing all public institutions nationwide and all Philippine embassies and consulates overseas to lower the Philippine flag at half-mast, in honor of the eight Hong Kong residents who died in the Manila hostage crisis.


FROM SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST ONLINE: No winners as Manila bus hostage row finally ends. Philippine President Benigno Aquino has steadfastly refused to offer an apology. Hong Kong can finally normalise relations with the Philippines. With its maritime disputes with Manila, Beijing opportunistically exploited the hostage crisis to add to the pressure. It has achieved that purpose but won't be getting any praise from Hong Kong. There are no winners. But at least all of us can move on while the families find closure. This article appeared in the South China Morning Post print edition as No winners as hostage row finally ends Photo: AP

On August 25, 2010, at a press conference in Malacañang, Aquino apologized to those offended when he was caught on television apparently smiling while being interviewed at the crime scene hours after the Manila hostage crisis.

Aquino said;
"My smile might have been misunderstood. I have several expressions. I smile when I'm happy, I smile when I'm faced with a very absurd situation...and if I offended certain people, I apologize to them. It's more of an expression maybe of exasperation rather than anything and again, I apologize if I offended certain people, who misunderstood (my) facial expression."

On September 1, 2010, Aquino implemented Executive Order No. 5, signed on August 25, 2010, an executive order amending Executive Order No. 594, signed by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on December 20, 2006, stating the rules governing the appointment or designation and conduct of special envoys.

Executive Order No. 5 prevents special envoys from using the title "ambassador". Aquino also ordered the Department of Health (DOH) to support and assist all regional hospitals and health centers and intensify their efforts to attend to the needs of dengue–inflicted patients.

On September 2, 2010, Aquino signed Executive Order No. 6, extending the duration of the operations of the Presidential Middle East Preparedness Committee (PMEPC) to December 30, 2010.

On September 3, 2010, Aquino took responsibility for everything that happened during the Manila hostage crisis.


ROBLEDO

Aquino actually has direct supervision of the Philippine National Police, since Aquino had asked Secretary of the Interior and Local Government Jesse Robredo to address other concerns, such as coming up with a comprehensive plan on delivering social services to and relocating informal settlers in coordination with the local governments.

On September 8, 2010, Aquino signed Executive Order No. 7, ordering the suspension of all allowances, bonuses and incentives of board members of government-owned and-controlled corporations (GOCCs) and government financial institutions (GFIs) until December 31, 2010.

On September 9, 2010, Aquino signed Executive Order No. 8, reorganizing and renaming the Build-Operate and Transfer Center (BOT) to the Public-Private Partnership Center (PPP) and transferring its attachment from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).

On September 13, 2010, Aquino appointed Philippine National Police (PNP) Deputy Director General Raul Bacalzo as the new PNP Director, replacing General Jesus Verzosa, who retired on September 14, 2010.

On September 20, 2010, Aquino delivered his departure statement at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), before leaving for his first official trip to the United States.

Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alberto Romulo, Secretary of Finance Cesar Purisima, Secretary of Trade & Industry Gregory Domingo, and Secretary of Energy Jose Rene Almendras, including 34 businessmen and 12 officials and support staff of the Presidential Communications Operations Office joined Aquino in the trip.

On September 22, 2010, Aquino delivered his speech during the Citibank Economic Conference in New York City. On September 23, 2010, Aquino delivered his extemporaneous remarks during a meeting with the Filipino community at Baruch College in New York City. Aquino also delivered his remarks at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) compact agreement signing ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. The US$434-million MCC compact agreement will fund the Aquino administration's various programs on poverty reduction, revenue generation, and infrastructure development.

On September 24, 2010, Aquino delivered his statement before the 65th United Nations General Assembly in New York City. Aquino also had a seven-minute one-on-one talk with President of the United States Barack Obama during the 2nd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-US Leaders Meeting at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.

During the meeting, Aquino recognized the United States’ commitment to reinvigorating its relationship with the region and its individual nations at a time of ever-increasing complexity in global affairs. Obama expressed his determination to elevate RP-US relations to a higher level, and welcomed the Aquino administration’s anti-corruption efforts.

Aquino and Obama also discussed military matters, about the possible removal of thousands of tons of war materials that Allied forces had left behind on Corregidor Island during World War II.

On September 26, 2010, during a visit to the Seasons Market Place in Milpitas, California, Aquino was greeted by cheering members of the Filipino community of San Jose, California. Aquino also delivered his speech in front of the Filipino community at the Mission San Francisco de Asis in San Francisco, California. On September 28, 2010, Aquino arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), after his week-long working visit to the United States. Aquino delivered his arrival statement at NAIA.

On September 30, 2010, Bishop Nereo Odchimar of Tandag, head of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), said that Aquino might face excommunication from the Catholic Church for supporting the Reproductive Health Bill, the plan to distribute and give Filipino couples the choice to use contraceptives for artificial birth control. However, despite the possibility of excommunication, Aquino said that he is not changing his position on contraceptive use.

On October 1, 2010, Aquino signed Executive Order No. 9, amending Section 1 of Executive Order No. 67, signed by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on January 22, 2002, and reorganizing the Presidential Commission on the Visiting Forces Agreement created under Executive Order No. 199, signed by former President Joseph Estrada on January 17, 2000.

On October 2, 2010, Aquino signed Executive Order No. 10, declaring October 2, 2010 as the Nationwide Philhealth Registration Day (NPRD) and directing the Department of Health (DOH) to lead concerned government agencies to facilitate the nationwide Philhealth registration.


President Benigno S. Aquino III (3rd to the right) and other ASEAN leaders during the 2nd ASEAN-Russia Summit, Hanoi, Vietnam, October 30, 2010.

On October 26, 2010, Aquino delivered his departure statement at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), before leaving for his first official trip to Vietnam.

Aquino met with President of Vietnam Nguyễn Minh Triết at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam. Aquino and Triết signed four memorandum of agreement on four areas of cooperation, namely, higher education, defense, oil spill preparedness and response, and search and rescue at sea. Aquino also met with Prime Minister of Vietnam Nguyễn Tấn Dũng.

Aquino delivered a toast at the State Banquet hosted by Triết at the Government Guest House. On October 27, 2010, Aquino delivered his extemporaneous remarks during a meeting with the Filipino community in Vietnam. On October 28, 2010, Aquino delivered his statement[98] during the ASEAN Leaders’ Retreat in Hanoi, Vietnam.

On October 29, 2010, Aquino delivered his statements during the 13th ASEAN-Japan Summit, 13th ASEAN-Republic of Korea Summit, 13th ASEAN-China Summit, 13th ASEAN Plus Three Summit, and 3rd ASEAN-UN Summit in Hanoi, Vietnam.

On October 30, 2010, Aquino delivered his statements during the 8th ASEAN-India Summit, 5th East Asia Summit, 2nd ASEAN-Russia Summit, ASEAN-Australia Summit, and ASEAN-New Zealand Commemorative Summit in Hanoi, Vietnam. On October 31, 2010, Aquino arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), after his first official trip to Vietnam. Aquino delivered his arrival statement at NAIA.

On November 8, 2010, Aquino signed Executive Order No. 11, transferring the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to the Office of the President.

On November 9, 2010, Aquino signed Executive Order No. 12, delegating to the Executive Secretary the power to approve compromises or releases of any interest, penalty or civil liability to the Social Security System (SSS) pursuant to Section 4(6) of Republic Act No. 8282, otherwise known as the Social Security Act of 1997.

On November 10, 2010, former President of the United States Bill Clinton arrived in Manila. Aquino met with Clinton in a courtesy call at Malacañang Palace.

Clinton gave a talk on globalization and delivered a lecture titled "Embracing Our Common Humanity" at the Manila Hotel, attended by politicians, business executives and members of the media. The next day, Clinton quietly left for Singapore.

On November 11, 2010, Aquino delivered his departure statement at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), before leaving for his first official trip to Japan for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Yokohama, Japan.

On November 12, 2010, Aquino delivered his speech during the APEC CEO Summit in Yokohama, Japan. On November 14, 2010, Aquino delivered his statement during the APEC Economic Leaders Meeting Retreat in Yokohama, Japan.

On November 15, 2010, Aquino signed Executive Order No. 13, abolishing the Presidential Anti-Graft Commission (PAGC) and transferring its investigative, adjudicatory and recommendatory functions to the Office of the Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs and the Office of the President.

On November 19, 2010, Aquino signed Executive Order No. 14, transferring the control and supervision of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) from the Department of Health (DOH) to the Office of the President.

On November 22, 2010, Aquino signed Proclamation No. 73, declaring November 23, 2010, as a national day of remembrance for the victims in the Maguindanao massacre.

On December 9, 2010, Aquino signed Executive Order No. 18, abolishing agencies under the Office of the President such as the Presidential Anti-Smuggling Group (PASG) and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Global Warming and Climate Change.

On December 20, 2010, Aquino signed Executive Order No. 15, granting combat allowance to uniformed members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) who are directly involved in combat operations against members of National Security Threat Groups.

On December 21, 2010, Aquino signed Executive Order No. 16, extending the term of the SOCCSKSARGEN Area Development Office (ADPO) from January 2010 to December 2016.

On December 22, 2010, Aquino signed Executive Order No. 17, forming the EDSA People Power Commission, designated to organize the nationwide celebrations commemorating the 25th anniversary of the 1986 People Power Revolution in February 2011.

On December 30, 2010, Aquino signed Executive Order No. 19, extending the suspension of the grant of allowances and other incentives to members of the Board of Directors/Trustees of Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs) and Government Financial Institutions (GFIs).

On January 6, 2011, Aquino signed Executive Order No. 20, extending the duration of operation of the Presidential Middle East Preparedness Committee (PMECC), led by Special Envoy Roy Cimatu, to June 30, 2011.

On January 14, 2011, Aquino signed Executive Orders No. 21 and 22, reducing the rate of import duty on milling wheat, cement and cement clinker to zero under Section 104 of the Presidential Decree No. 1464, otherwise as the Tariff and Customs Code of 1978.

On February 1, 2011, Aquino signed Executive Order No. 23, declaring a moratorium on the cutting and harvesting of timber in the natural and residual forests and creating the Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force.

On February 10, 2011, Aquino signed Executive Order No. 24, which prescribed rules to govern the compensation of members of the Board of Directors/Trustees in Government-Owned Controlled Corporations (GOCCs) and Government Financial Institutions (GFIs).

On February 24, 2011, Aquino signed Executive Order No. 26, declaring the implementation of a National Greening Program (NGP). The NGP will plant some 1.5 billion trees covering about 1.5 million hectares for a period of six years, from 2011 to 2016.

On February 28, 2011, Aquino signed Executive Order No. 27, implementing the reduction of real property taxes and interest/penalties assessed on the power generation facilities of independent power producers under build-operate transfer contracts with Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations in Quezon.

On March 14, 2011, Aquino signed Executive Order No. 28, reorganizing the Single Negotiating Panel into the Philippine Air Negotiating Panel and the Philippine Air Consultation Panel, mandated by the Philippine government's Domestic and International Civil Aviation Liberalization Policy.

On March 14, 2011, Aquino signed Executive Order No. 29, authorizing the Civil Aeronautics Board and the Philippine Air Panels to "pursue more aggressively" the International Civil Aviation Liberalization Policy.

On March 14, 2011, Aquino also signed Executive Order No. 30, transferring the Land Registration Authority (LRA) from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to the Department of Justice (DOJ).

On July 25, 2011, at the Batasang Pambansa, in Quezon City, Aquino delivered his second State of the Nation Address (SONA).

On August 4, 2011, Aquino left the country unannounced to hold unprecedented talks with Murad Ebrahim, chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), in Tokyo, Japan.

Criticisms

Yolanda
President Aquino's Administration was criticised during and after Typhoon Yolanda. The victims of the typhoon lost hope on government support.

Mamasapano
President Aquino was hounded by accusations of evading responsibility for the death of 44 SAF operatives in a failed operation which lead to the so-called Mamasapano massacre.



Noynoying
Noynoying (pronounced noy-noy-YING or noy-NOY-ying) is a protest gimmick in the form of a neologism that Aquino's critics have used to question his work ethic, alleging his inaction on the issues of disaster response and rising oil prices.

A play on the term planking and Aquino's nickname, Noynoying involves posing in a lazy manner, such as sitting idly while resting their heads on one hand, and doing nothing.


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