Don’t call him Noynoy anymore. President-elect Benigno S. Aquino III is dropping his nickname for the still slightly informal moniker “P.Noy.”

In an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN’s Jing Castañeda, Aquino said he likes his new nickname, which was first suggested by his sister, Kris.

“Why P. Noy? It plays on Pinoy. It’s a little bit less formal and it’s something that would make me more accessible to people,” he told ABS-CBN after his proclamation on Wednesday.

He said he liked his mother’s initials, PCCA (for President Corazon Cojuangco Aquino), when she was in office. He said his own initials, PBSA (President Benigno Servillano Aquino), “sounded too much like a school.”

(There’s a Philippine school, PSBA, which stands for Philippine School for Business Administration.–Eds.)

Hours after his proclamation, the president-elect had an intimate dinner with family and friends at a Quezon City restaurant to celebrate his victory in the May 10 election. He told reporters that his electoral win was not his own but the collective effort of millions of Filipinos who supported him.

Aquino said he is still getting used to losing his privacy and his weekends, which he now plans to spend on official duties.

“I am reserving half a day on Sundays for family. We’ll just have to adjust. No more spur-of-the-moment decisions to go to Tarlac,” he said.

He also noted that he craves moments “when I need to reflect and clarify the thoughts in my head.” He said he is planning quiet times for himself to study and address all the problems being faced by the nation.

Another adjustment that his family needs to make is the matter of security. He said the Presidential Security Group (PSG) will be assigning agents to his family, particularly several members who are still in school.

The president-elect is the second Aquino to be elected to the highest post in the land in the past 20 years. Aquino’s mother, Cory, was elected in 1986 and is credited for leading the restoration of democracy in the country after two decades of martial rule under the late President Ferdinand Marcos.

Cory’s husband, Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, is also considered a freedom icon. His murder in 1983 helped fuel the protests against the Marcos regime.

Aquino said he is well aware of the legacy left behind by his parents. ” At the end of the day, I want to show that our system of democracy is the best. It can work and it does work. Definitely,” he said.

‘Sister power’

Before the dinner, Aquino’s siblings – Ballsy, Viel, Pinky and Kris – also admitted that their lives would be affected as their brother assumes office on the afternoon of June 30.

As children of a former president, the Aquino sisters said they know the huge responsibility on their shoulders.

“It’s different when it’s your brother who gets elected. We feel that we have to protect our family’s good name. Also, we promised Noy that we would back him up 100% after he decided to run for president last year,” said eldest sister Ballsy.

Ballsy said she and Pinky will be on top of the president-elect’s schedule while Viel wants to look after the welfare of indigenous communities.

“I will lobby for indigenous people’s rights, so if a commission is being formed, I can name names, which I hope Noy can consider,” Viel said.

Youngest sister and popular TV host, Kris, is giving up several of her shows on ABS-CBN to lessen potential intrigues that would be thrown against the new president.

She said that she would spend more time doing charity work. For example, she is set to distribute school supplies to 12,000 kids in Tarlac, Cebu and other parts of the country.

Viel said she believes that her brother will leave a good legacy just like their parents.

“Since his campaign cry was ‘Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap,’ even if he doesn’t completely eliminate it since it’s impossible…if he can lessen corruption by 50%, that’s already an accomplishment. More sana,” he said. ABS-CBN News