Outgoing President Benigno Aquino III has reminded the Filipinos to guard and protect the country’s hard-fought freedom in light of the 118th celebration of the Philippine Independence Day.
During his speech at the vin d’honneur in Malacañan
Aquino emphasized the importance of freedom which he said was once stolen by a Filipino fellow, referring to the late President Ferdinand Marcos.
”Ididiin ko po: Nangyari na i
to. Minsan nang inagaw ng kapw a natin Pilipino ang ating kalayaan. Ibig sabihin, kung hindi tayo magiging mapagmatyag, maaari i tong mangyari muli,” he said.
He also warned the public against the return of dictatorship and the demise of democracy in a thinly veiled reference to the incoming administration of Rodrigo Duterte, who has vowed of an iron-fist approach in curbing criminality and illegal drugs.
”Ngayong papasok tayo sa pani
bagong kabanata ng ating kasay sayan, nawa’y hindi natin malimot: Ang kalayaan, kailang ang bantayan at alagaan. Ang l ahat ng mahalaga, kailangang p agsikapan; kailangang ipaglaba n,” he said.
”Naipakita na nating kaya nat
ing ipaglaban ang demokrasya. Naipakita na nating kaya natin g bawiin ang inagaw na demokra sya. Ngayon, napatunayan natin : Kaya nating paganahin ang demo krasya para sa ikabubuti ng at ing mga mamamayan,” Aquino added.
Aquino then quoted writer Edmund Burke, “All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”
According to the outgoing President, with the death of his father, millions awakened and became aware of the truth. This ultimately led to the People Power Revolution of 1986 that toppled Marcos’ dictatorship and restored the democracy in the country.
”Tunay po na ang People Power ang bumawi sa demokrasya