NUEVA ECIJA: President Benigno Aquino 3rd, only son of democracy icons Benigno Jr. or Ninoy and Corazon Aquino, on Wednesday vowed to never again allow the imposition of martial law in the country, on the eve of the anniversary of the 1986 people power revolution.
In his speech during his visit to the province, Aquino recalled how military rule under then-President Ferdinand Marcos oppressed Filipinos during his strongman rule.
He then narrated his family’s experience after the imprisonment of his father, the late former senator Ninoy.
The senator had been jailed in the Philippines since 1972, shortly after Marcos declared martial law, for his active opposition to Marcos.
“Noong panahong ‘yon labintatlong taon na po ako, at talaga naman pong halos bumaligtad ang mundo ng amin pong pamilya [I was 13 years old at the time, and our world was turned upside down],” Aquino said.
He then lashed out at his predecessor, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, saying reforms and gains of the EDSA people power revolution have been squandered by her administration.
“Kung iisipin, ganyang kadiliman din po ang dinaanan natin sa pamumuno ng ating sinundan, kung saan naglaho ang isang dekada sa ating bayan [We experienced the same darkness during the previous administration, where a decade was lost by the country],” the President said.
Aquino then urged the people to support the daang matuwid (straight path) coalition led by its presidential bet Manuel Roxas 2nd and his running mate Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo.
Only Roxas and Robredo, according to the President, can deliver even more wide-ranging reforms to the Philippines.
The administration ticket had been endorsed by Aquino to continue and expand the gains of the straight-path governance.
Robredo’s closest rival in the vice presidential race is Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., son and namesake of the late president who has been dominating recent surveys.
Aquino was in Talavera, Nueva Ecija, to lead the switch-on ceremony for 1,199 sitios in Central Luzon under the Sitio Electrification Program (SEP) of the government.
The President was assisted by National Electrification Administration Administrator Editha Bueno and Nueva Ecija Gov. Aurelio Umali in pushing the button that will turn on the LED lights in the Region 3 map, which represents the sitios under SEP.