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A Photo Op with Benigno Noynoy Aquino III

 

Saturday Elena and I joined her group of expat wives, a few of their kids and two other of us husbands and went to use the pool at the Marco Polo Hotel. At one point there was a commotion and I asked what was going on. They all mentioned Noynoy Aquino was there on the other side of the Pavilion Restaurant.

As a Foreigner, I do not write or comment on government issues, politicians or campaigns. It is not the place of this site or for me to discuss issues or my views. Actually, I was told, it is illegal for a foreigner in this country to campaign or comment for or against any candidate. It was just interesting being in the same place as Senator Aquino and he was gracious to allow me to have a photo taken with him.

Benigno Noynoy Aquino III is a the son of the late former President Corazon Aquino and Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr. Noynoy Aquino is a Senator in Congress and a candidate for President in the 2010 Election.

noynoy-with-wivesI walked over to the other side of the poolside restaurant and there he was with a large group of his supporters. I called over and asked if I could take a photo with him. He nodded his agreement and motioned after he took the photos of all his supporters.  When he finally came over to me, I first gave him my condolences of the loss of his mother and then wished him good luck in his campaign. We then shock hands as our photo was takenbruce-and-noynoy.   He also took a photo with Elena, the other wives and one of the ladies two daughters.

Even though I am a foreigner and not a Filipino it  was nice meeting someone of his authority in the government and possible future President, and allowing me to approach and have a photo taken.

19 Responses to “A Photo Op with Benigno Noynoy Aquino III”

  1. Marvin says:

    Bruce I knew foreigners were not legally allowed to demonstrate but as a permanent resident I have actively campaigned for local government officials. Am I really not suppose to do that?

    • Bruce says:

      Marvin,
      As I answered from another comment, I only know this from a person here in Davao that does a lot of research. I will see what I can find out.

  2. Awesome!

    You have a nice photo capture.

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    • Bruce says:

      Orville,
      Thanks for visiting. I have heard it is illegal for a non Filipino to campaign for any political candidate. Because of this, I will not join, but best of luck to all.

  3. Gene says:

    Bruce,

    Same here, my wife and have help in local elections here in the past. I’ll have to look into the law to see if illegal or a possible exception exists. Might have to let my wife go without me this time. Sure fun going on the campaign trail from town to town till the election.
    I do know that being on the Brgy. Police, we can not help or show support for those running for the office of Brgy. Captian or councilors.

    Sounds like you all had a good time at the pool and a personal meeting with Noynoy and photos as well. That would have been fun.

    • Bruce says:

      Gene,
      Hope there was not flooding in AC as in Manila and you and your wife are well. I had heard the campaign restrictions from a friend who is a research nut. I will try to see if I can find anything and will report back here. If you find it pass the info to me.

      For a man of his position, he was very nice and gracious. I wish him luck.

  4. Riza says:

    That’s great Bruce, shaking hands with Noynoy must have been exciting for you and Elena.

    At home we have this private joke about “I know a guy who knows a guy” but my late grandmother did used to wash clothes for Senator Villar’s family when he was still young, whatever connection they have with my family, I’ve no clue, did we support them in elections? I think my late Aunt Remy did. AHAHA. I hope you won’t get into trouble if I give my piece here, I don’t think that Noynoy is not yet ready for the 2010 Elections. I just hope that things turn around for him in the coming months because I’m already writing my list to vote.

    • Bruce says:

      Riza,

      I have not followed the candidates, and just hope whoever wins will grant more rights to foreigners and foreign investments.

  5. Abaniko says:

    That’s cool. That picture of you shaking hands with Noynoy is frame-worthy. 🙂

  6. Klaus Doring says:

    Hi Bruce, anyway, it must have been a great moment… . Congrats!!!

  7. Bruce says:

    John,
    Yes, we need to be cautious, but not so much that we miss meeting nice people. See, we met each other. 🙂

  8. arnold says:

    If you ask an educated Filipino they will favor foreigner to speaks about local politics. You know there is a in balance number of educated and literate in term of selecting leaders. Non educated normally have poor voting selection pattern. They usually choose famous actor and famous TRAPO.
    That is the reason why poor leaders exist in every side of the country.

    will you exchange link with me?
    comment me for your response
    thanks

    • Bruce says:

      Arnold,
      I have heard the same about Foreigners speaking in a seminar or teaching environment also. MAybe someone will hire me to teach AutoCAD. hahah
      I stay away from speaking about politics and have been told a foreigner is not allowed to campaign or discuss such matters during the campaigns.

  9. Jon says:

    Yes Bruce just be careful in terms of politics in the Philippines….how I wish Manny pacquiao too stay away from it;)

    • Bruce says:

      Jon,
      I showed the photo since I thought it was interesting in meeting him. As I state, I do not discuss politics here at all.

  10. ellahjean says:

    what are the advantage of nonoy aqiuno to Manny villar?

    • Bruce says:

      Ellahjean,
      I wrote this article and posted the photo just to show I met someone in a political celebratory status.
      As a Foreigner of this country, it is not my place or right to comment about an ongoing election. I also feel since I am a not a Philippine citizen and living here, I will not express any political views here. Also if anyone places a comment for, against or anything of a political nature, I will delete the comment.
      This site is to talk about the life of Expats living here, planning to move or visit here and about help in understanding the life and cultural differences.

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