Aquino: I’m already contented

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Monday, July 28, 2014

MANILA -- Faced with impeachment complaints and sliding popularity ratings, President Benigno Aquino III turned emotional in his State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday before members of Congress.

Aquino said he's already contented that if the time comes for him to go, there will be those who will continue the reforms he have made since he took power in 2010.

"Mga boss, buong buo ang tiwala ako na nasa eksena man ako o wala, patuloy ang transpormasyon na tinatamasa natin," he said.

The President also said that had he ran away from leading the country's transformation following the divisive and corrupt-laden rule of then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, it was as if he did not honor the memory of his parents, martyred former Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr. and the late President Corazon Aquino.

"Kung tinalikuran ko ang pagkakataon, parang tinalikuran ko na rin ang aking ama't ina at ang lahat ng inalay nila para sa atin. Hindi po mangyayari iyon," he said.

He also gave a new twist to his father's famous line, saying the "Filipino is worth dying for, the Filipino is worth living for, and the Filipino is definitely worth fighting for."

The President's sisters, particularly actress-television host Kris Aquino, were teary-eyed while listening to Aquino.

Three impeachment complaints have been endorsed at the House of Representatives for implementing the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), whose key parts were recently declared unconstitutional by the SC, and signing the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (Edca) with the United States.

Aquino allies though control the House and the Senate, making the attempt an uphill climb, for now. (Sunnex)

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