National Elections in the Philippines: New Leadership and New Prospects of Peace in Mindanao?
On May 10, Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino secured a majority in the national elections and will be the next President of the Republic of the Philippines. With strong electoral support and as an offspring of two national heroes, late President Corazon “Cory” Aquino and Benigno Aquino, an assassinated leader of Marco’s opposition, Aquino appears to be in a better position than his predecessor, the incumbent President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Will Aquino turn the popular support into a strong leadership and secure sufficient political will to finalize more than a decade long negotiation process with MILF? Will his administration find a lasting solution for the Moro national struggle in Mindanao?