Sea of yellow supporters flood Quirino grandstand

June 30, 2010 12:24 pm 

By Mediatrix P. Cristobal

MANILA, Jun 30 — Thousands of supporters, some even coming from provinces have filled up grounds of Quirino Grandstand in Manila Wednesday morning to witness the historic inauguration of Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Aquino III, son of people power icon Corazon Aquino and national hero-martyr Benigno 'Ninoy' Aquino Jr.

A handful of buses line up Roxas Boulevard and adjacent roads carrying supporters to attend Aquino's thanksgiving mass which started 6 a.m. Traffic, was however manageable as of press time.

Aquino trampled his rivals, even popular former president Joseph Estrada by millions of votes. He received over 15 million votes; his winning margin was over 5 million votes.

Aquino will be the tenth president to be inaugurated in Manila: the nine previously who were inaugurated in Manila: Quezon in 1935, Laurel in 1943, Roxas in 1946, Quirino in 1949, Magsaysay in 1953, Garcia in 1957, Macapagal in 1961, Marcos in 1965 etc., Ramos in 1992.

At age 50, is going to be the 15th President of the Philippines. He becomes president at the same age at which his father, Benigno S. Aquino Jr., died. (PNA) V3/MPC

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