Gerardo Roxas

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