Noynoy, Mar expecting new kind of revolution on May 10

Noynoy, Mar expecting new kind of revolution on May 10
The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Liberal Party standard-bearer Sen. Benigno Aquino III and his running mate Sen. Manuel Roxas II are expecting a new kind of “revolution” on May 10 that would end corruption.

“Vote power” would ensure the elections would be free of fraud, they said.

Speaking at the 24th anniversary celebration of the 1986 EDSA people power uprising at the Araneta Center Thursday night, Aquino said “people power” was needed to stamp out corruption that has kept millions of Filipinos hungry, jobless, and out of school.

On the other hand, Roxas said it was high time the fight for a true democracy is completed.

“May 10 is more than an election,” he said.

“It is our revolution. This is our revolution: for true freedom, true justice and true progress. It is our People Power Revolution for everything that our great country can be.

“Give us back our freedom. Give us back our dignity as free men, and leave us to make the best we can of our country. This is our country and we will get it back.”

Roxas said every generation has its Edsa, just as every Calvary has its Easter redemption.

“In our grandparents’ time, our countrymen, in the millions, gathered in smaller groups to fight the Japanese invader,” he said.

“It took lots of courage. They faced much bigger risks. But their spirit and their sacrifice laid the groundwork for our country’s liberation.

“In our parents’ time, our countrymen tried to build a progressive nation, raising it up from the wreckage of war to the heights of progress.

“The Philippines – our beloved country – was better off than all our neighbors combined.”

Roxas said his father, Sen. Gerardo Roxas, and Aquino’s father, Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., were about to seek the presidency and vice-presidency at an LP convention when martial law was declared on Sept. 21, 1972.

“Both our parents and we, our generation, jointly had its own Edsa,” he said.

“It was something out of legend. With a cast of millions, our country played out a drama never before seen in history – a battle between good and evil; giving and taking; between guns, goons and gold on the one hand, and plain guts on the other…No need to recall the countless, selfless deeds, big and small, of so many unknown, ordinary people who together achieved the extraordinary.”

Roxas said it was time for the people to get what was due them and not allow the desperate ones to stay in or assume power.

“Basic to this is a government that is really of the people, by the people; and not for the cronies of the people in power,” he said.

“To them, we say: ‘give our country a chance, to be all that it can be, all that it was, and all it deserves to be – prosperous, proud and truly free. Some people think they have the right to take power and run this country to the ground. Well, there is no such right. The only right is the right of the Filipino people to a better life.’

“It is time. It is our time. Our time to make a difference. It is our time to show what we are made of, to show what being a Filipino is all about. It is our time to prove: We are worth dying for.”

Palace: Aquino, a far cry from father

Sen. Noynoy Aquino is a far cry from his father, Sen. Ninoy Aquino who conducted his campaign well, even from his jail, Malacañang said yesterday.

Deputy presidential spokeswoman Charito Planas called on Noynoy to campaign based on his own accomplishments and rely less on the legacy of his parents.

“You know, Ninoy Aquino was articulate and not only articulate, he has some drama – you won’t fall asleep,” she said.

“You will always listen for every word that he says. And he has some laws that he passed.”

She was among those who joined Ninoy during his exile in the United States, she added.

The 79-year-old Planas said when one applies for a promotion, one must rely on his or her accomplishments, not the weakness or the wrongdoing of others.

“It’s also good to look up at your parents, but not solely on that,” she said.

“It must be purely on your capability, truly on your track record. When you’re working in a private corporation, and you ask for a promotion, you don’t mention your parents, you mention what you have done, that is expected of you.”   – Aurea Calica, Paolo Romero

The ProPinoy Project

  • UP nn grad

    It really is worth remembering. Year 2011… Pilipinas needs a conscientious, diligent hard-working “… government that is really of the people, by the people; and not for the cronies of the people in power”

    Pinoys-in-Pinas need the dignity of work and jobs, jobs for Pinoys-in-Pinas.

  • M Louise

    May i just say, although it’s difficult to really have an opinion in this country, i would like someone to simply tell us what were the benefits of the “People Power”. I don’t see traces of what is claimed to have been representative of. I look at the state of our nation and its disheartening what has become of our beloved country. My sincere opinion, for whatever its worth, is that the type of government needed for the Philippines requires discipline. Look around, who really controls this country? Certainly not the people. So who’s power did the people come out in color coordinated masses to support? All i see, is a country sorely divided because now EVERYbody wants some power. We’re seeing power alright. The abuse of it. I see the power of the chinese to take over. In fact you might as well call us they’re territory. I see the power of money. You want to whine about political prisoners when every single day there are political killings…to the extent of murdering 57 people (Maguindanao anybody?). What power did those people have? If one person had power and we were disciplined enough to accept that there would only be one to blame..now we are all vulnerable to power trips on every level. Why should we celebrate handing out power to the highest bidder? We need a president who doesn’t sell us out to anyone who’s willing to invest in our country, getting rich by enslaving our people. There are people and there is power but those two words together mean nothing right here right now, except to the chosen ones. What opportunities still exist for us? Why does the most basic comforts of almost every filipino family depend on a relative going abroad? All the advertising for condos and lifestyles that the average filipino could never afford. The people in power have kept us repressed. Pompous politicians trying to convince us to keep them in power. Businessmen given every luxury imaginable including the luxury of not having any rules to abide by or anyone to respect. People Power. Don’t get it.

    • ben yu

      as what has been said, it is the people who were given the right to lead should be found to be at fault. I am one of the many people who went to edsa and i’m at edsa to help end a tyrant rule and to restore democracy and that we’re able to accomplish. i believe it was the most meaningful result of people power !. what happened to our country next should be looked at as our failure to protect the gains we had at EDSA. many of us revert to the old ways of patronage politics, our politician return to their old corrupt ways and majority of our people voted for them. People Power Has accomplished it’s purpose . we, the people failed because we shut up.people power is the key that opened the jail for us but we refused to get out of our cell

  • ben yu

    of all the parties participating in this elections only LP have the right message: CORRUPTION is the evil that is destroying our nation and NOW is the right time to stand against it. let all who love this country start by refraining to vote for candidates who support GMA even those who switched parties. next don’t vote for TRAPOs. and give new faces the chance to serve.e.g. kata and alex tinsay and sonia roco