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BENIGNO Aquino III said upon taking office last July that he hoped the “honeymoon period” between him on the one hand and the media and the citizenry on the other would last throughout his entire six-year term. But the next Social Weather Stations and Pulse Asia surveys should show whether or not it will even survive his hundredth day.

The “honeymoon period” between Philippine presidents and the media and citizenry is supposed to be a tradition in this part of the woods. For those unfamiliar with the peculiarities of Philippine politics and governance, it refers to the first 100 days in office of a President, or any other official, during which the media and everyone else give him the widest latitude for error, and try not to be overly critical. Being new in the job, the official is still getting his bearings and familiarizing himself with the problems he has to address and the means available to address them.

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