On the President’s Independence Day speech

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THE speech President Benigno S. Cojuangco Aquino gave at the Rizal Room, in Malacañang, on Independence Day was a pretty good one.

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The first part is a touching narration of how his father’s career, potentially as a great Filipino President, was demolished by assassins, how the family, including the boy who became our President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, suffered the ordeals of martial law, and then how his mother and, later, he became our Presidents.

Here are some parts of the speech, and our comments, where we found it necessary to do so.

“It is true: Through People Power, we took back our democracy. People Power became a bridge to people empowerment. People Power brought back government’s true mandate: to take care of and empower the people.

“I emphasize that this has happened. Once, a fellow Filipino stole our freedom. This means that if we are not vigilant, it could happen again.

“As we enter a new chapter in our history, let us never forget: Freedom must be defended and protected. Everything that is of value must be worked for and fought for. As the writer Edmund Burke said: All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.
“When we began our time in office, I made a promise: By the time I step down, I will leave behind a country that is better than we found it; under our governance, the Philippines will be an honorable and respectable member of the global community. On my last meeting with you—both my bosses and those in the diplomatic corps—as President, I can proudly say that I fulfilled all my promises. [But, Sir, before you became President our country was already an honorable and respectable member of the global community.]
“Those who have been assisted by PhilHealth, the scholars who graduated from TESDA, and the children who are now going to school in decent classrooms—they all know this.

The graduates who can choose from a selection of jobs, as opposed to having to go through so much hardship looking for one, know this. Those in the provinces, who are benefiting from the roads, bridges, ports, airports, and other infrastructure projects we have built, know this. Our countrymen who were once caught in the crossfire, who are now benefiting because peace is within reach, know this. All those who are enjoying new opportunities due to the growth of our economy—and who have seen our transformation from the Sick Man of Asia to the Darling of Asia—know this. The entire world, which has grown to admire the resolve, the integrity, and the fortitude of the Filipino, knows this. [Except, Sir, that it was not your doing that the Philippines ceased to be called "The Sick Man of Asia.”

During the years of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, our country was no longer being called that because it was enjoying impressive growth every quarter. Your administration benefited from the good work of President Arroyo and the wisdom of Bangko Sentral’s Gov. Amando Tetangco, Jr.]

“We have proven our capacity to fight for democracy. We have shown that we can take back democracy when it is stolen from us. Now, let us prove that we can continue making democracy work for the benefit of our people.

“We have achieved everything we are enjoying today while respecting the process, the law, as well as the rights of each person. We did this without silencing anyone, and while valuing the freedom that those before us fought for.

[E[Except, Sir, that your military and police silenced and killed many a Lumad leader and made thousands of Lumad families homeless. And you have unjustly jailed, humiliated and ruined the health of your enemies—like the late ex-Chief Justice Renato Corona and former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.]p>

“We firmly believe in this principle: that there can be no true progress if we surrender our dignity and our rights.”

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  1. Yes indeed all that was mentioned by this moron are true except that everything happened before him and without him doing anything but to harvest the labor and hard work of former President Arroyo. aquino the inutile president is known for credit gabbing since day one of his presidency. For 6 years he had destroyed what was built and fought for by his predecessors. And now the curtain is falling down all over the body of this arrogant president without any single drop of tear being shed.

  2. eltee mulawin on

    >>> It is true !!!
    … that the DAP and PDAF was illegal and unconstitutional .. the citizens of the Philippines,seniors and youth knows it.
    ….that the DAP and PDAF mastermind and executor is no other than Florencio Abad and you Mr. Abnoy President Aquino 3rd. All representatives and senators knows it and thankful.
    …that the DAP and PDAF had new acronym which is BUB, and the brain master is Florencio Abad as before. Every body knows it.
    …that the Malampaya Fund scam, the culprit is Florencio Abad and you Mr. Abnoy President Aquino 3rd. most intellectuals, professionals and youths know it.
    … that the Massacred of 44 SAF -PNP was due to the negligence, betrayal and conspiracy between MILF-ABU SAYAF rebel/terrorist and Abnoy president Aquino 3rd. Most of the people knows it.
    …that the first BRAIN-DRAINED AND LOUSY AND LAWBENDER AND CORRUPTOR PRESIDENT THE PHILIPPINE EVER HAD IS ONE AND ONLY BS COJUANGCO-AQUINO 3RD.
    …his legacy ? the prohibition of USING A “WANGWANG IN ANY VEHICLES”. WHILE IN INSIDE THE PALACE AND DEPARTMENTS AND CABINETS, MOSTLY IF NOT ALL ARE “BUWANG NA BUWANG”.

  3. Sad that everyone just waited and watched evil Abnoy, Abad, Drilon etc to triumph.

  4. diba project ni GMA yong RORO, kay marming ports ang nagawa….paano nangyari na marmi silang nagawa…puros underspending ang report yearly….at tumaas pa ang utang ng pamahalaan…paano nilang napalaganap ang economy….there is the lag effect that PGMA economic program performance was felt only after the her term….

  5. P.Akialamiro on

    What a “K-I-S-S” (Kept it short and simple) rebuff of B S Aquino III or The Last, claims!

  6. Same comments in parentheses.

    Indeed.

    Gloria had the country’s economy auto-piloted. In truth, BS Aquino DID NOTHING. as in NADA, CAPUT.

  7. Sinungaling, sinungaling, napakasinungaling na presidente. Delusions of grandeur, you greatly suffer from that noynoy! Boy Sisi, you have blood in your hands. Not all the people are idiots and uto-uto. And not all those who are currently #bulagpipibingi will stay that way. Proof? MAR ROXAS!