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After Aquino, a race to keep Asia's former sick man healthy

President Benigno Aquino III, center, shares a joke with Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodo in Kuala Lumpur on Nov. 21, 2015. (Photo: Simon Roughneen)

MANILA -- In his final State of the Nation speech as president of the Philippines, Benigno Aquino III declared that his government had curbed corruption, long deemed a barrier to foreign investment, and overseen growth in a country once derided as "the sick man of Asia."

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