On June 30, 2010, the 15th President of the Republic of the Philippines Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III took his oath in front of half a million of people at the Quirino Grandstand. People from different walks of life (diplomats, politicians, celebrities, civic leaders, ordinary Filipinos) witnessed the much awaited oath taking and inaugural address of President Aquino.
President Noynoy Aquino is the only son of former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. and former President Corazon “Cory” Aquino. He believes that the Filipino people look up not only to his qualifications, but moreover the good legacy of his parents that brought him to hold the highest position of the land. His parents are known for simplicity, integrity, bravery and love for the Filipino people.
His inaugural address touched not only the audience at the Quirino Grandstand but all the televiewers around the world. Personally, I found it simple but meaningful and straight to the point. Of course promises are not meant to be broken, it depends on the personalities of the one making such promises and I think Pres. Aquino will keep his promises.
I loved the start of his address when he acknowledged the Filipino people who put him in power, as well as other points of his address:
* He said that he can forgive those who do wrong to him, but not to the people. There will be no reconciliation without justice.
* He said that his government will not be deaf to all the concerns and lamentations of the people, and that his government is there to serve the Filipinos.
* He said he would stick to his campaign slogan “If no one is corrupt, no one will be poor.”
* He said that the Filipino people are his boss.
There are other great parts of his inaugural address, and all I can say is that it gives hope again to the Filipino people. It is something all of us can start with, because as what President Aquino said the problems of the country are heavy to carry by a single man but if everyone will help and cooperate, gradually things will be fine. The Filipino people look up to President Aquino as a man of honor, and a son who will not damage the good legacy of his parents. The people see him as a good son, a dear kuya (brother) and a leader with determination and integrity.
As a Filipino, I have nothing but wishes and prayers that all the good words and promises of the new president will come true.