Aquino To Be Philippine President

Benigno S. Aquino III was officially proclaimed the next president of the Philippines on Wednesday, vowing to fulfill his campaign promise to fight corruption and to immediately determine the “true state of the country.”According to analysts, Mr. Aquino, who will become the 15th president of the republic on June 30, has to meet the expectations of Filipinos as early as he can, and can start by ensuring that fighting corruption remains on his agenda.Those expectations spring almost entirely from his campaign promise to eradicate corruption, a pledge that was bolstered by his invocation of the almost saintly legacy of his parents, former President Corazon C. Aquino and the opposition politician Benigno Aquino Jr.“If he is to fulfill his promise, obviously the first thing he should do is make sure that his cabinet is not only competent — it should not be corrupt,” said Solita Monsod, a professor of economics at the University of the Philippines. “If he puts in place people who don’t know