What are the family traditions in the Philippines

Another Aquino for the Philippines

His father was called "Ninoy", he is "Noynoy" and at the end of his name he has the Roman three: Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Cojuangco Aquino III. This takes into account the preference of the Filippinos for Teletubbies names, which they hang around their politicians, but also the peculiarity of Filipino democracy: Rich political dynasties rule - from great-grandfather to great-grandson.

"Noynoy" Aquino, son of opposition leader "Ninoy" Aquino, who was murdered in 1983, is said to be the next to head the country. The presidential elections in the archipelago in the Pacific with a population of 90 million are not until May next year, but the official application period that has now started has dramatically changed the political balance in the Philippines.

Senators, governors and mayors run to Aquino III in large numbers. over, away from the power apparatus of the still incumbent President Gloria Arroyo. In large public events they swear allegiance to Aquino's until then small Liberal Party. The most recent appearance at these bizarre-looking ceremonies was made by Feliciano Belmonte junior, leading member of the party of the President and Mayor of Quezon City, the largest city in the Philippines, and his followers. 44 percent give the polls to the offspring of the Aquino dynasty. Just two percent of the electorate can be enthusiastic about Gilberto "Gibo" Teodoro, the previous defense minister whom the outgoing President Arroyo sends into the race to protect her interests.

"Noynoy" Aquino - as his followers admit - lives mainly from his famous name. In eleven years in the House of Representatives and later in the Senate, he did not bring about any significant legislative initiatives. With almost 50 years of age, the candidate is still unmarried and childless - a man who has learned no responsibility, say his critics.

But there is still the family: The great-grandfather fought for independence as a general in the revolutionary army, the grandfather belonged to the government of the Japanese occupiers during the Second World War, and the father was the great opponent of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos. On his return from exile, he was shot on the plane's gangway. A popular uprising ended the dictatorship, "Noynoy" Aquino's mother Corazón became the first woman president of the new era. This hope also gives Aquino III. Wing. (Markus Bernath / DER STANDARD, print edition, November 23, 2009)