Aquino III says pinning down problems top agenda

19:14, June 09, 2010      

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Philippine Senator Benigno "NoyNoy" Aquino III, who is expected to be proclaimed winner of the presidential election after an official counting by the Congress, shows to reporters his "Barong Tagalog", a Filipino traditional suit that he is planning to wear at his presidential inauguration, during a news conference at Aquino's residence in Quezon City, Metro Manila June 7, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Philippine President-elect Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Aquino III said that identifying each of the country's problems will top his agenda once he formally assumed his post July 1.

"I will first conduct an inventory of the problem that (the country) is confronting," Aquino said in a press briefing held shortly after the Congress proclaimed him as the country's next President.

"The wrong identification of the problem leads to wrong solutions," he stressed.

Aquino said that while he's happy to be proclaimed as president, such happiness is also tinged with anxiety, given the many challenges that he had to address as president of this developing Southeast Asian country.

Aquino that his first order to his cabinet is to identify the specific issues and challenges that each department faces.

He said he's still in the process of choosing who will comprise his cabinet. Although in previous interviews with the media, Aquino has identified personal counsel Paquito Ochoa to be his Executive Secretary; Corazon Soliman as Social Welfare Secretary and Teresita Deles as presidential adviser on the peace process.

Source: Xinhua


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