Aquino says smoking needed for job

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Philippine presidential frontrunner Senator Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Aquino III (right) and his running mate Senator Manuel Roxas (left) attend a   special session at the Philippine Senate in Manila on May 24, 2010. (AFP)
Philippine presidential frontrunner Senator Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III (right) and his running mate Senator Manuel Roxas (left) attend a special session at the Philippine Senate in Manila on May 24, 2010. (AFP)

MANILA, May 24, 2010 (AFP) – Leading presidential candidate Senator Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III on Monday rejected calls to quit smoking, saying his habit would help him deal with the severe pressures of his new position.

Aquino brushed aside calls from health groups that quitting smoking would set a good example for the country.

“I will be coming under a lot of pressure. Should I add another unnecessary pressure? Maybe that might even affect my decisions on what I should do,” Aquino told reporters.

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