"Noynoy: Triumph of People's Campaign" book launched

February 22, 2011 10:46 am 

MANILA, Feb. 21 – With the launch of the book “Noynoy: The Triumph of a People’s Campaign”, people are given a glimpse on how the so-called “Cory magic” spawned President Benigno Simeon Aquino III’s rise to the forefront of the latest wave of “People Power”.

The book, authored by Ambassador Wilfrido Villacorta, chronicles and puts together analysis of various perspectives of the 1985 and 2010 presidential campaigns that brought two Aquinos to presidency.

It also shows how volunteers and Aquino supporters worked to bring change in the country’s political scene.

Villacorta said former President Corazon Aquino’s death made Filipinos realize the need to bring back honest governance and leadership.

Thus, Cory’s son was prodded to run and eventually won the presidency with an overwhelming vote of more than 15 million.

"The people's movement that fueled the Noynoy phenomenon proved that we can fight for what is right. This moral triumph should strengthen our resolve to transform our supposedly changeless land,” Villacorta said.

President Aquino, who was present at the book launch, said while his critics would not want his administration to succeed, it is the majority of Filipinos who support him that give him strength.

”With the people behind me, nothing is impossible,” he said.

”I’m hoping I’m not neglecting the promises I made in the campaign, there’s really a lot to do. When I accepted the challenge, at the back of my mind I’m accepting this on behalf of those who wanted me to run,” he added.

Before the campaign period, Liberal Party’s initial standard bearer Mar Roxas withdrew his presidential plans after an overwhelming call for Aquino to run for the highest post. Aquino ran under the campaign slogan “Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap”.

Villacorta is a political science and international relations expert. He was part of the 1985 and 2010 presidential campaigns of the two Aquinos who eventually became presidents.

”I haven’t really written about the domestic political situation. I should contribute to the enhancement of consciousness and sense of responsibility of future generations. I dedicate this book to the future generation,” he said.

The 115-page book is a recollection of 54 key organizers from different segments of the People's Campaign. (PNA)

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