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July 1, 2016

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A Look Back: President Benigno S. Aquino III

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July 1, 2016. Today is the first day of the next chapter of Philippine history.

Outgoing President Benigno S. Aquino III, after completing a full term of being the Philippines’ highest public official, has officially turned over the gargantuan responsibility of leading the country to its 16th president, President Rodrigo R. Duterte. Here is former President Benigno S. Aquino III, 15th President of the Philippines in pictures:

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(PeopleAsia publisher and president Babe Romualdez raises then Sen. Aquino’s hand in a congratulatory gesture after

being awarded a People of the Year award in 2009)

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(Then Sen. Aquino holding his People of the Year 2009 award)

REUTERS_6(An all weather campaign: Then Sen. Aquino with runningmate Mar Roxas didn’t let the floods stop them from campaigning for the 2010 national elections)

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(Then Presidential bet “Noynoy” Aquino scoops up quezo ice cream for The Philippine STAR employees during a visit  to the newspaper’s offices)

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(Rejuvenated by the warm welcome that he received in every LP rally, then Senator Aquino couldn’t help but give a huge grin during one of the party’s provincial stops)

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(Two faces of democracy: Back in the day, Noynoy would also consult his mother Cory Aquino before making big political decisions)

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(Presidential hopefuls have to vote too; Noynoy casts his vote in the 2010 national elections)

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(PeopleAsia makes newly elected President Benigno S. Aquino III the cover of this special issue)

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(President Aquino welcomes US President Barack Obama to Malacañang for the state dinner | Malacañang Photo Bureau)

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(President Obama signs the Presidential guest book as President Aquino looks on |  | Malacañang Photo Bureau)

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(Presidents Aquino and Obama flanked by the Aquino family: Dodo, Jia and Viel Dee; Jiggy, Jonty, Eldon and Ballsy Cruz; Kris Aquino; Miguel, Pinky, Manolo and Ñina Abellada)

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(President Aquino welcomes Pope Francis during the general audience of senior government officials and members of the Diplomatic Corps at the Rizal Hall of the Malacañan Palace | Malacañang Photo Bureau)

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(President Aquino and His Holiness Pope Francis acknowledges the family members of the Cabinet Secretaries at the garden of the Malacañan Palace | Malacañang Photo Bureau)

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(President Aquino and Pope Francis exchange messages before the latter departs for Rome | Malacañang Photo Bureau)

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