MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III officially announced his decision to run for president (as the Liberal Party’s standard bearer) in the 2010 elections at the historic Kalayaan Hall in Club Filipino, Greenhills, San Juan City, this morning (Sept. 9).
“Tinatanggap ko ang hiling ng sambayanan. Tinatanggap ko ang habilin at tagubilin ng aking mga magulang…Bayang Pilipinas, tatakbo ako sa pangpanguluhan sa 2010, ” Aquino said.
He made the announcement on the the 40th day of the death of his mother, the late President Corazon Aquino, who died of colon cancer last Aug. 1. In Filipino tradition, the 40th day after a person’s death is the end of the grieving period for the relatives of the deceased.