White House corrects Obama's pronunciation: 'Benigno' not 'Niño'
Rosalinda L. Orosa (The Philippine Star) - April 29, 2014 - 6:13pm

MANILA, Philippines — After US President Barack Obama was heard calling President Benigno Aquino III "Niño," "Beniño," "Benino" and "Nonoy" in their joint press conference in Manila on Monday, the country's cyberspace became abuzz with the mispronunciation.

Aquino's nickname is Noynoy. He also asked the public to address him as P-Noy immediately after he was elected president in 2010.

The White House, however, has corrected the name in its official transcription of Obama's remarks during his first state visit in the US' oldest treaty ally in the region.

"We're very supportive of President Benigno's approach to go before the tribunal for the law of the sea and to seek international arbitration that can resolve this in a diplomatic fashion," the White House quoted Obama as saying, rectifying the head of state's earlier mistake of calling him President Niño. - Camille Diola

 

BEA CHIONG CAMILLE DIOLA COM KAREN SOSOBAN OBAMA PRESIDENT PRESIDENT NI TWITTER WHITE HOUSE
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