• From President to tourist: Aquino bares post-Palace plans

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    President Benigno Aquino 3rd flashes the Laban sign along with other officials during rites to commemorate the 28th anniversary of the Edsa People Power Revolt in Leyte on Tuesday. The President skipped Edsa rites in Manila and toured areas devastated by calamities instead. Malacañang photo

    President Benigno Aquino 3rd flashes the Laban sign along with other officials during rites to commemorate the 28th anniversary of the Edsa People Power Revolt in Leyte on Tuesday. The President skipped Edsa rites in Manila and toured areas devastated by calamities instead. Malacañang photo

    PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd on Tuesday gave the public a glimpse of how he would spend his days after the end of his term in Malacañang two-and-a-half years from now.

    The president pictured an easier life, with plans to take a tour of Bohol as among the things he wants to do after stepping down in June 2016.

    Speaking before a crowd in Bohol, which was devastated by a powerful earthquake last year, Aquino expressed particular interest in the province’s renowned river cruise.

    “I was told that there’s a river cruise here and there are fireflies when it’s dark and not raining,” he said.

    “Maybe around August 2016, if not September, I hope to visit these places and experience the river cruise that you boast about,” he added.

    The President was in Bohol as part of his commemoration of the 1986 EDSA Revolution. For the first time in his presidency, Aquino decided to skip the anniversary rites in Metro Manila and visited provinces ravaged by disasters instead.

    His first stop was Davao Oriental on Monday. The province was hit by typhoon Pablo in December 2012.

    To the delight of his Boholano audience, Aquino said tourism will be among his legacies.

    “I will see to it that I will visit you again but I guarantee you that in 2016 I will be among the number of tourists who will be here with you,” he promised.

    Aquino said tourism in Bohol will be one of the province’s strengths so that rehabilitation of various tourism sites will get a bigger share of government attention.

    Many old churches were reduced to rubble when a 7.2-magnitude quake rocked the province late last year.

    “We are looking into how we can maximize the tourism potential of the entire Philippines, especially Bohol,” he stressed.

    At the start of his presidency, Aquino said there were only three million foreign tourists who visited the country. That number grew to 4.7 million in 2013 despite the calamities.

    “Our target is a little above five million. But I am confident that this will reach 10 million [tourists],” he added.

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    6 Comments

    1. ACTION should speak louder than WORDS.

      If increasing the number of tourists is one of the agenda of the President, the areas damaged by the strong quakes followed by Typhoon Yolanda should be rebuilt with government subsidies because these are the places you can attract tourists to visit.

      This goal can be easily achieve with all out support from the local residents who are the actual beneficiaries of this project. Even the diocesan priests assigned in the area can contribute greatly by leading his parishioners to volunteer extra time.

      I know of a much better way to double, or even triple the projected number of tourists to visit the Philippines during the coming years, but my idea will only be effective if our DOT Secretary listen to my plan.

    2. If you want to tour your whole life so as to appease the Gods in Heaven, you tour all the alleys of slums in this country and share your wealth and wisdom with them including visiting those OFW’s who are languishing in jails abroad.

    3. mikhail hieronymus on

      After your term is over Pnoy, how about spending the rest of your days in courts. If you are lucky, you may be allowed to be in a hospital detention just like what you are doing to Gloria now. Maybe the next power in Malacanang will not sent you to Jail !

    4. mikhail hieronymus on

      After your Pnoy, how about spending your days in courts and finally in jail or hospital detention?

    5. Ah thats life. . After 6 years of do nothing presidency where all expenses are paid for by his Bosses, why not do some more tourism anywhere, everywhere? Definitely, he will still have some more freebies as past president and given the fact that heovided with a pension!

      THAT IS IF HE WILL NOT BE IN JAIL!

    6. There is only one thing we want this president to do after his term ends, go to jail. If bribing senators and congressmen with the country money is not a form of plunder, then it should be. He should also be jailed for violating Arroyo’s human rights. She may or may not be guilty, but she deserves to be treated fairly by this govt. and given her day in court. Not just detained while her cases are supposedly languishing in the court system.