Philippine 2013 Elections: Bam Aquino

  • Name: Paolo Benigno 'Bam' Aguirre Aquino IV
  • Age: 35
  • Educational attainment: Executive Education Program on Public Policy and Leadership, Harvard University
  • Classification: Neophyte
  • Work experience: Politician
  • Political Party: Social entrepreneur, youth leader, TV host
  • Civil Status: Married
  • Net worth/SALN: (To follow)
After his graduation, Bam Aquino joined the special projects group of the ABS-CBN Foundation. He was involved with rehabilitation centers for abused and neglected children, disaster management and relief operations, and volunteer recruitment. In 2001 he was appointed as NYC's commissioner-at-large. He was also one of the hosts of the TV show Breakfast, a youth-oriented morning talk show at Studio 23. In 2006, Bam hosted youth-oriented debate show Y Speak in Studio 23..

At the age of 25, Aquino was appointed as chairman of the National Youth Commission, the youngest person in Philippine history to head a government agency. NYC is the chief youth policy-making arm of the Philippine government. His team has managed two projects which are implemented yearly: the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations and the Presidential Youth Fellowship Program (PYFP).

In 2007, Bam Aquino established Micro Ventures Incorporated, a social enterprise that engages in poverty alleviation through business development for the poor. it currently runs the internationally awarded Hapinoy Program with thousands of women micro entrepreneur members in the Philippine countryside to help them secure better incomes for their families.

In 2009, Bam Aquino reenacted his uncle, Ninoy Aquino, in the documentary film The Last Journey of Ninoy. The film premiered on August 21, 2009 in commemoration of the 26th anniversary of the assassination of Ninoy. It was directed by Jun Reyes.

Where he stands

  • divorseLegalizing divorce: No
  • marriageSame-sex marriage: Yes
  • disputeTerritorial dispute against China: "We have to stand our ground."
  • deathDeath penalty: No
  • Reproductive healthReproductive health law: "My stand is to implement the law."

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