Bam and the other Aquinos

Posted on 4/14/13 5:02 AM

He used to run a training center for out-of-school youths and served as chair of the National Youth Commission.

This experience in social enterprise and the youth sector is what Paulo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, first cousin of President Benigno Aquino, is citing as he seeks  a Senate seat in the 2013 elections.

His Aquino ancestry has created 5 senators before him. Benigno Sr, was elected senator in 1928. Benigno Sr’s children themselves got elected to the Senate: Benigno Jr (Cory’s husband) in 1968; Agapito in 1986; and Teresita in 1998. PNoy, was elected senator in 2007.

Bam was only 8 years old when Cory, whose snap election campaign was managed by his father, became president via EDSA People Power Revolution.

In his advocacy, the 35-year-old, who has never run for a barangay (village) seat or any public office, said the name of the game was “coordination.”

GMA Cheating
Bam clarifies his stand on the alleged sins of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

The younger Aquino was appointed as a leader of the National Youth Commission back in 2001 under Arroyo administration, something which his opponents perceived to have been a “reward” for being a youth leader back in EDSA II.

Paul Aquino, the father of the LP-led coalition’s senatorial bet, served as Arroyo’s election strategist back in 2004.

Aquino’s father was also appointed as President and CEO of the Energy Development Corporation in 2004.

Team UNA questioned Aquino’s support for the Team PNoy’s “righteous path” given his role in the Arroyo administration.

The senatorial bet of the administration however, said he has nothing to hide.

He did not negate his participation in EDSA II, but instead emphasized he was one of many who felt cheated during Arroyo's time in power.

The younger Aquino admitted his father was a consultant to Arroyo but denied his father was favored by the former administration.

The candidate insisted neither he, nor his father, knew about the cheating in the 2004 polls.

Kris Aquino entering into politics
Just weeks after announcing her resignation from her TV shows, host-actress Kris Aquino is reportedly planning to enter the political arena.

Archbishop Oscar Cruz revealed that Kris, the youngest sister of President Benigno Aquino III, is being groomed to run for vice president in 2016.

Cruz said Kris is being tapped to be the running mate of former senator and now Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas in the 2016 elections.

In 2010, Kris had said that she plans to join politics after the term of her brother expires in 2016.

But Bam said he knew nothing of the administration's supposed plan to field the youngest sister of President Benigno Aquino III.

A Political Dynasty
Bam's campaign ad using his “Tito Ninoy, Tita Cory, Kuya Noy” is in bad taste, a move that somewhat turns from his image as a pioneer and achiever. This is an obvious and weird inherent quality the Aquinos share from the current president, to his sister peddling detergent, and now their cousin vying for a seat in the senate.

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Author: Paul Michael Camania Jaramillo

Student| Youth Advocate | Leader | Environmental Advocate | Writer | Blogger | RH Advocate

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He was a Lussoc National High School 'The Sring' and 'Ang Batis' news editor. A radical visionary leader, he has led organizations of the Supreme Student Government, Science Club, Youth for Environment in Schools Organization, Interact Club, Math Club, Philippine National Red Cross and other organizations in their institution. He was also awarded as a distinguished student leader as a former officer of the Supreme Student Government and received President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Campus Journalism Award. He attended two National Leadership Training for the Student Government Officers, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Youth for Environment Summer Camp, Science Leaders Congress and Schools Press Conference. Joined and won in the several contests from their school to the national level.

He is the organist and an officer of the Church of Christ (Iglesia Ni Cristo).
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