Aquino elected president of Philippines

June 9, 2010 17:16

MANILA, Philippines — Benigno Aquino III was proclaimed president Wednesday and promised justice and action on a host of issues plaguing the Philippines, including poverty and corruption.

"As president, we will be in a position to effect the necessary changes," he said. "With the backing of the people, I don't think anything is impossible."

The official congressional count, which ended Tuesday, showed Aquino defeating his eight rivals with more than 15 million votes — about 5.7 million ahead of his closest opponent, ousted leader Joseph Estrada.

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