[PHOTO AT LEFT COURTESY OF ALLVOICES - President Binigno "noy noy" Aquino III took his oath of office at 12 noon as the 15th president of the philippines at the Quirino grandstand. In his inaugural speech,Aquino vowed to "end bad governance" starting with a review of his predecessor President Arroyo's midnight appointments. A 21-cannon salute was delivered after Aquino’s oath while two choppers showered the crowd with yellow rose petals. Eugenio Perez, barangay (village) captain of Sinait in Tarlac City, held the bible where Aquino symbolically placed his hand as he delivered his oath. Amid cheers, Associate Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales administered Aquino’s oath of office at the highly yellow Quirino grandstand, minutes short of the 12:00 time as mandated by the Constitution. Earlier, Aquino and Arroyo shared the presidential car, a tradition in inaugurals. At the Quirino grandstand, Arroyo then made her final pass in review. She was seen smiling at the yellow crowd. ALLVOICES ONLINE]


MANILA, JUNE 30, 2010 (DAILY INQUIRER) by Abigail Kwok and Maila Ager Philippine Daily Inquirer Publication Date : 30-06-2010

Despite the gloomy weather, it is a sea of yellow at the Quirino Grandstand for the inaugural of President-elect Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino III and Vice President-elect Jejomar Binay today, Wednesday (June 30).

Yellow is the signature color of Aquino and his parents, the late president Corazon Aquino and martyred Benigno 'Ninoy' Aquino Jr.

As early as 5am, supporters and well-wishers of Aquino III have been filling up the place, some of them carrying memorabilia of the newly-elected President while others cheered and flashed the 'L' sign for Laban or fight as they walked in front of television cameras.

There were also streamers and flags showing support for Aquino.

"I hope he becomes a good president because this is our last chance," said Delmar Taglipon.

Taglipon brought a huge painting as a gift to the new president.

The painting, Taglipon said, was titled "Kung May Kalayaan, Hanggang Kailan (If there is freedom, until when)" by Leonardo Uy in 1997. Taglipon said the painting was a gift from a relative and he hoped to give it to Aquino.

The painting bore Benigno Aquino Jr.'s face on top of a Philippine flag.

Taglipon said he came all the way from Bacoor, Cavite province to watch the inaugural.

His message for the new president, "Sana maging matino siyang presidente dahil last chance na natin to. Pagod na ang Pilipino, pagod na ang pag-rarally ng kalayaan (I hope he will be an upright president because this is our last chance. The Filipino is tired, tired of going to rallies for our freedom)."

Meanwhile, a woman holding a book with the picture of Aquino’s father was telling reporters, "Sana ganito na lang ang bagong picture sa P500 bill. Nakangiti (I hope this is how he will look like in the new P500 bill. Smiling)."

The woman and her group claimed to be supporters of the martyred senator.

Susan Navarette, 49, and her friends were at the Luneta Park just across the grandstand as early as 11:30pm on Tuesday (June 29) to witness the event.

Navarette said they were all from Cavite.

"Gusto naming mauna. Gusto naming makita si Noynoy (We want to be first. We want to see Noynoy)," she said.

Unlike the others, the group was notably not wearing yellow shirts except for Noynoy's baller and a 'Laban' pin.

Asked why they were not wearing yellow shirts, the group said, "Nabasa ng ulan kagabi (The shirts were drenched by the rain)."

Navarette said they slept at the park just under an umbrella.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines will provide a 21-cannon salute and two Huey helicopters will shower yellow confetti after the oath-taking of Aquino and Binay.

Foreign guests

At least 81 countries and organisations have confirmed their attendance at the inauguration, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Tuesday.

Of these, at least 21 states are sending high-level delegations. DFA chief of protocol Eduardo Pablo Maglaya said that various countries had expressed interest to participate in Wednesday’s inauguration.

The first to arrive from foreign delegations was Timor-Leste President Jose Ramos Horta who flew in on Monday (June 28).

The United States will be represented by Trade Representative Ron Kirk with US Ambassador to the Philippines Harry K. Thomas Jr. as a member of the delegation.

Thomas said that the dispatch of Kirk to the inauguration signaled the US government’s commitment to increasing trade opportunities with the Philippines and how it looked forward to working with the new Philippine government.

Japan will be sending its state secretary for foreign affairs Osamu Fujimura and Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara.

Overseas supporters

About 200 supporters of Aquino in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia have been arriving in the Philippines since Sunday to attend Wednesday’s event.

“We campaigned hard among our fellow Filipinos in our respective adopted countries to help bring about change in our homeland. It is incumbent upon us to make sure that our new leaders, particularly our new President Aquino, get our support as they live up to their campaign promise to bring about such change,” said Wally Reyes.

The overseas Filipino supporters and volunteers are meeting on July 1 and 2 in Manila to set up a new group called the Overseas Filipinos for Good Governance.

Reyes, the convention moderator, said New York-based industrialist and philanthropist Loida Nicolas-Lewis, as well as Inquirer Global Nation columnist Rodel Rodis, and Ayala Foundation-USA president Vicky Garchitorena would address the delegates. With reports from Jerome Aning and Cynthia D. Balana.

Aquino fires all presidential appointees, extends contractual workers By Maila Ager First Posted 19:50:00 06/30/2010

(INQUIRER.ET) MANILA, Philippines--President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III issued a memorandum order Wednesday declaring all non-career executive service positions vacant as of June 30, 2010 and extending the services of contractual employees until July 31.

The memo, signed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, was the first order issued by Aquino since he formally assumed office at 12:00 noon Wednesday.

"All positions occupied by non-CESO presidential appointees are hereby declared vacant as of noon, June 30, 2010," the memo read.

"In the meantime, the most senior career executive service officer shall take over as officer-in-charge, to perform the duties and discharge the responsibilities of the position until July 31, 2010 or until a replacement has been appointed and has qualified whichever comes first," the memo further stated.

The contracts of contractual employees which expired on June 30, 2010, on the other hand, have been extended for another month. This will be in effect unless earlier terminated or renewed by the hiring agencies.

Services rendered by the contractual workers will be compensated in accordance with existing civil service, budgeting, accounting and auditing rules and regulations.

The issuance of the said directive was meant to prevent the "unnecessary disruption of government operations and the impairment of all official processes and transactions as well as the delivery of services to the people," the memo added.

The memo was read by presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda at a press conference in Malacañang, held after the first Cabinet meeting presided over by Aquino.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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