Sheila Coronel

Jun 28, 2021

Remembering President Noynoy Aquino

A Discussion with Sheila Coronel

New Books Network 2021

Former Philippine President Noynoy Aquino (in office from 2010 to 2016) recently passed away at the age of just 61. How should we assess the legacy of this “accidental” president, the scion of a prominent political dynasty whose strong sense of duty made up for his complete lack of flamboyance?

Prominent Philippine journalist and public intellectual Sheila Coronel argues in this special Nordic Asia Podcast that “there's now sort of a wave of nostalgia for a president who was honest, sincere, didn't curse and didn't kill, and who took governance seriously”.

NIAS Director Duncan McCargo discusses Aquino’s legacy and the prospects for Philippine politics with Sheila Coronel, Toni Stabile Professor of Professional Practice in Investigative Journalism at Columbia Journalism School, Columbia University in the City of New York, and co-founder of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism.

For Duncan’s recent Asia Times op-ed about the challenges of moderating President Aquino’s 2014 World Leaders Forum speech at Columbia University, see “Just the Facts: Noynoy Aquino and Me.” 

Sheila Coronel highly recommends “The Impossible Dreamer”, some reflections on Noynoy by his former speech writer Manual L. Quezon III.

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