MANILA, JUNE 18, 2010 (CANADIAN PRESS  ONLINE EDITION) By: Oliver Teves, The Associated Press - Filipinos have swamped a new Facebook page to offer words of advice and caution for their next president-apparent, Sen. Benigno Aquino III telling him he should choose upright Cabinet members and also quit smoking.

Aquino's promise to wage war against rampant corruption that has plagued the Philippines has raised hopes, especially among the young 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.

By noon Wednesday, more than 22,000 visited the Facebook wall, "Dear Noynoy Aquino," and indicated they like it, 36 hours since it was put up by Gang Badoy, founder of Rock Ed Philippines, a volunteer group of young professionals promoting alternative education. Noynoy is Aquino's nickname.

Badoy said she wanted to "catch the wave of the first reactions" to Aquino's apparent electoral victory, and compile selected "thoughtful suggestions" posted for a book to present to the new president before his expected June 30 inauguration.

She said her group plans to print two versions of the book one for Aquino's bedside and a waterproof version "for his toilet reading."

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/eradicate 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."

Erica Cleofe-Kononen said credit card payments of taxes and other fees should be accepted by all government agencies to prevent corrupt bureaucrats from pocketing the cash.

"It's like letters to Santa Claus," Badoy said of the Facebook effort. "We're hoping for discernment for Senator Aquino ... and hopefully with this compilation of real people and real needs he will listen to some of them."

"Dear NoyNoy" Facebook page at:


Dear NoyNoy Aquino Facebook Page Posted by: Makoy Labels: Facebook, Politics

It was a sure win for NoyNoy Aquino and Filipinos have started on thinking on what the next President should do to our country. Speaking of that, a Facebook page titled "Dear NoyNoy Aquino" was formed by RETHINK MEDIA GROUP so that Filipinos can air their voices to Aquino.

Currently, there are a total of 68,341 members and I am one of them. If you don't have a facebook page, you can visit their site at

Hoping that this would be a clean start for the Philippines.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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