Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III graces the cover of TIME Magazine‘s April 26 issue, “The New Aquino: Can Noynoy Save the Philippines?” written by Ishaan Tharoor, described Aquino in his campaign sortie in Zamboanga as an “unlikely man of the moment,” emerging on stage looking more like an “abashed computer nerd than the sort of brash, swaggering politician that has become the stock-in-trade in the Philippines”.
“His charismatic father, Benigno (Ninoy) Aquino Jr., was the country’s greatest champion of democracy before being gunned down in 1983, presumably by agents of the ruling dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Then his mother, Corazon (Cory) Aquino, a once meek housewife, became the figurehead of a popular rebellion in 1986 that toppled Marcos and gifted to the global lexicon the now immortal phrase of democratic revolution – people power,” the article said.
The article said he was encouraged to join the race for the country’s highest political office following the “massive outpouring of public grief and affection that followed his mother’s death from cancer last August.”
Aquino said to TIME: “They made automatic in me the preference to take up the cudgels for those who have less in life, for the powerless”.
The magazine’s cover will be carried in a limited Asian edition, with more Aquino photos inside.