President Benigno Aquino

Policemen seek cover with their helmets and shields as they block protesters trying to march towards Batasang Pambansa, where Philippines President Benigno Aquino will address the joint session of Congress and deliver his last State of the Nation address in Quezon city, Metro Manila, Philippines.

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Policemen seek cover with their helmets and shields as they block protesters trying to march towards Batasang Pambansa, where Philippines President Benigno Aquino will address the joint session of Congress and deliver his last State of the Nation address in Quezon city, Metro Manila, Philippines.

General Views Of Business And Economy As Philippines Beats Indonesia in Gaining S&P Investment Grade...Construction workers labor on the roof of a building in the Fort Bonifacio district of Manila, the Philippines, on Monday, May 6, 2013. The Philippines beat Indonesia to win an investment grade from Standard & Poor's last week as President Benigno Aquino outshines Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in improving government finances and spurring growth. Photographer: Julian Abram Wainwright/Bloomberg

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Construction workers labour on the roof of a building in the Fort Bonifacio district of Manila, the Philippines. The Philippines beat Indonesia to win an investment grade from Standard & Poor’s last week as President Benigno Aquino outshines Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in improving government finances and spurring growth.