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Benigno Aquino III

Aquino chooses Roxas as Philippine presidential candidate

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said Friday he had picked Interior Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas II as the administration candidate to succeed him in elections next year. Aquino made the announcement in the same meeting hall where Roxas declared six years ago that he was shelving his own presidential ambitions to give way to the son of the late democracy icon Corazon Aquino. The 58-year-old former congressman and senator said he was honored to be endorsed by Aquino as the standard bearer of the dominant Liberal Party. The grandson and namesake of the Philippines' first post-World War II president promised to continue on the "straight path," Aquino's...