Voters in the Philippines appear to have delivered a resounding victory to President Benigno Aquino in mid-term elections. The son of former president Corazon Aquino looks set to control both houses of Congress, giving him a mandate to continue his reform policies. His biggest worry now is making them stick.
In the first half of his six-year term, Mr Aquino arrested his predecessor on corruption charges, faced down the business lobby to pass taxes on cigarettes and liquor and challenged the powerful Catholic Church by providing free contraceptives to slow population growth.
His payoff _ investment-grade credit scores for the first time, the support of almost three-quarters of the electorate and even a place on Time magazine's list of 100 most influential people.
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