PNoy warns of fake reformists

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President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd offers a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during the commemoration of the National Heroes Day at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonofacio, Taguig City on Monday. MALACAÑANG PHOT

President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd offers a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during the commemoration of the National Heroes Day at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonofacio, Taguig City on Monday. MALACAÑANG PHOT

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd on Monday warned the public against people who “sow doubts and lies” and who “pretend” to institute reforms.

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“We have been treading the straight path for more than four years now. The seeds of change we have sown are already bearing fruit, and, seeing this, those who want to take advantage of the people are becoming desperate,” the President said in his speech at the Libingan ng mga Bayani inTaguig City (Metro Manila) on National Heroes Day.

“The days of colonizers, of wars, of martial law are long gone. Yet there are still a select and selfish few who remain determined to bring back the old and abusive political systems,” he added.

“This is the fight that confronts us today, to remain vigilant against those who seek to sow doubt and lies, to stand firm and refuse to allow ourselves to be manipulated by those who only pretend at reform, to reject the crooked, and resolve to stay on the straight path,” the Presidetn said.

Aquino called on the people to “stay on the straight path.”

The President paid homage to ordinary Filipinos who serve as “proof that our nation is indeed a nation of heroes.” He expressed his gratitude to the country’s heroes who sacrificed for the betterment of the nation, and to ordinary Filipinos who have become heroes in their own ways.

In his speech, he cited heroic actions of various Filipinos, like Noli Dela Cruz who saved 36 of his neighbors at the height of Super Typhoon Yolanda in November last year.

These heroic deeds, Aquino said, perfectly illustrate “the extraordinary ability of Filipinos to serve as beacons of hope in the darkest moments.”

“Instead of hurling criticism or spreading negativism, which some of our countrymen have grown accustomed to doing, these remarkable Filipinos chose to empower their fellowmen,” the President added.

Aquino then encouraged Filipinos to be more constructive rather than negative, and reminded them that “even if our society had made progress, it is clear that our battles continue.”

The President’s statements came as the guessing game on whether he will indeed seek a term extension continues.

Aquino recently came under fire for declaring his “openness” to amend the 1987 Constitution to allow him to extend his term beyond 2016.

Also in his speech, the President cited an article written by a 13-year-old student from Bacolod City (Negros Occidental), Maria Francesca Santiago, who he said at her age “already exhibits more discernment than some who are much older than her.”

He said Santiago noticed that “the latest trend is to hurl criticism, even at those who are doing everything in their power to uphold the interests of the people” and “in the face of the challenges our country has experienced, instead of remaining open-minded and searching for the truth, there are some who choose to spread baseless accusations.”

“If this is the caliber of thinking of the youth today, I am certain that we are indeed facing a brighter future,” Aquino added.

He called for unity and encouraged Filipinos “not [to]waste the opportunity we have today,” and “to make certain that we will bequeath to coming generations a Philippines freer and more progressive [and that responsibility]still rests on our shoulders.”

“This is the only way that we can repay and honor the heroes who sacrificed much, so that our country could arrive at its present state.

This is the only way for us to ensure that, when the next generations commemorate National Heroes Day, they will remember, express their gratitude for, and reflect on this chapter of our history, and they will say: This was indeed the time when all Filipinos decided, as one people, to become heroes,” the President said.

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  1. Roldan Guerrero on

    Well spoken by BSA! The next generation with such an intellect will not again put into office a President who is below mediocre. A 13 year old who thinks better and more matured than a perennial bachelor, who never had experienced raising a family but rose to presidency will not take place again. Be it and this country will prosper.

  2. Benigno Aquino still living in delusion. He seems to be lost in a world all his own. I refuse to put up with this. He is still attacking the windmills of his mind. Nothing but cobwebs there.

  3. Malinaw na Kinekengkoy mo na naman ang taong Bayan mr Penoy.
    Malinaw sa mga sinabi mo na Dapat Pag ingatan ng Taong Bayan ay
    patungkol sayo, isang “Fake Reformist”. Kung reformist ka naman na
    ayon din sa iyo at sa mga alagad mong sina Karina David, Mar Roxas,
    at Leah Navarro, parang kayo lang ang nakaka-alam, Huwag naman
    ninyo ililihim kung ano reporma na nagawa ni penoy o kung
    ano ng kabutihan ang nagawa ni mr Penoy? napaka top secret
    ata ng mga nagawa ni penoy wala nakakaalam.

  4. That is why need 6 more years Mr. President,give that 13 years student a chance to see that brigther future.And you know in your hearth that you need more time to complete your mission for our country and your bosses.

  5. P-Noy tignan mo muna ang sarili mo sa salamin bago ka magsalita tungkol sa reforma at daan matuwid.Hindi mo na mabobola kami at kung puwede wag kang magsalita kami ang boss mo dahil wala nang maniniwala sa iyo.Sana di na ikaw ang naging pangulo namin dahil lalo lang naghirap ang pilipinas.

  6. Aquino is not only a hardheaded leader but a an inveterate liar. He continues to follow his treacherous and fake visions for this country but the bleak realities we are witnessing now are proofs that he and his advisers could not simply deny,to name a few: 1. Our yearly debts are rising due to useless programs such as CCT instead of sponsoring programs or projects that are labor intensive or in short livelihoods for the people and too much pork for congress and LGU’s to perpetuate political patronage. 2. Rising costs of electricity (wait, next year power generating capacities will be in a precarious situation) and prime commodities. 3. Oligarchs’ businesses continue to gain favor from the government, what with the continuing privatization of our prime industries and the next targets are our hospitals and state universities. 3. Our mining industries is in doldrums. Peace and order situation is disorganized.Our top greedy and shrewd political dynasts are very active again for this coming election. Number of poverty stricken populace continue to rise. And scores of others.

  7. Heroes have done their part on a particular event and time. What we need to do is to think the best way to change the deplorable and pitiful economic condition of more than 70% of the Pilipino people.