No less than His Excellency, President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III graces the July 2013 issue of Esquire Philippines.
On the cover, the President donned his signature white barong with a yellow ribbon pin on the left side of his chest.
On his forthcoming State of the Nation Address slated for July 22, President Noynoy discussed in his interview with Vanni De Sequera why his reforms must continue beyond 2016.
The article noted President Noynoy’s firm control of the three branches of government during his term and his administration's "high-risk checklist"—the impeachment of a Chief Justice, a surrendered Ombudsman, separation of Church and State, and the House and Senate lockdown.
P-Noy also recalled the day he and his team of escorts were ambushed by 94 armed soldiers back in 1987, along with his realization that “you can not live your life in the past.”
He also touched the recent issues that have greatly affected the country—including the recent Taiwan feud [where a Taiwanese national was shot by the Philippine Coast Guard], issues on the relocation of informal settlers who have inhabited waterways and other dangerous areas, and the territorial disputes our country is currently facing.
After his term, he hopes that the next President would have the same mindset in running the country, in "transforming society," and in "demanding permanency of changes."
Also in this issue:
- An open letter of Sasha Martinez to the President with her recommendation of books he might find interesting
- Roel Landingin questioned the possibility of having more investment opportunities for middle class Flipinos
- How to be a man according to six men who should know: Erwan Heussaff, Bamboo, Patrick Paez, Atom Henares, Nonoy Froilan, and Rudy Fariñas.
Read and learn more about PNoy in Esquire’s July 2013 issue.