President Aquino declares new chapter in Phl history that is free from corruption/poverty

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President Benigno S. Aquino III on Sunday declared a new chapter in the history of the Philippines that is free from corruption and poverty with the people enjoying equality, freedom and dignity.

The Chief Executive made the declaration in his speech after the flag-raising ceremony in celebration of the 113th Philippine Independence Day at the Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite.

He also assured a better future for the Filipino people anchored on the tenets of his leadership, transparency and accountability.

“Sa ngalan ng buong Pilipinas, ipinahahayag ko ang pagbubukas ng isang bagong yugto sa ating kasaysayan kung saan ang bawat Pilipino ay mapipitas ang bunga ng kanyang pinaghirapan, kung saan ang batas ay ipatutupad ng patas sa mahirap man o sa mayaman, kung saan maaaring panghawakan ng lahat ang sarili nilang kapalaran, kung saan ang kalayaan ay may katuwang na karangalan,” the President said.

"Ito ang malayang Pilipinas, tayo ang malayang Pilipino, hiwalay at kalag na kalag sa kambal na salot ng korapsyon at kahirapan… sumasalubong sa kinabukasan ng taas noo at puno ng kagalakan,” he added.

The President noted the various efforts of the government in battling poverty as what our forefathers have done in fighting for the country’s independence in the past.

“Kung dati ay lumalaban tayo sa mga mananakop, ngayon naman ay kahirapan naman ang kailangan nating labanan,” he said.

He stressed the need to eradicate corruption in the government that will eventually lead to ending poverty.

Apart from this, according to the President, the government has been focused on reforming the bureaucracy and other measures to ensure the delivery of quality service to the Filipino people.

These initiatives include among others the synchronization of elections in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) with the national polls and the recently-launched Bulacan housing project for the personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

“Ang lahat pong yan ay ginagawa na natin upang ipamalas ang tunay na kahulugan ng kalayaan sa ating mga kababayan…ang tunay na kalayaan ay kalayaan din mula sa gutom, kamangmangan, kahirapan at kawalan ng pagkakakitaan,” the Chief Executive noted.

Earlier, President Aquino led the flag-raising ceremonies at the balcony of the Aguinaldo Shrine where the National Anthem was first played on June 12, 1898. He also led the wreath-laying ceremonies at the tomb of General Emilio Aguinaldo.

Among those present during the event were other government officials led by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr., National Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, and Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda.

Also in attendance were local government executives that include Cavite Governor Juanito Victor Remulla Jr., Kawit Cavite Mayor Reynaldo Aguinaldo, Cavite 1st District Representative Joseph Abaya and Imus Bishop Luis Antonio Tagle. (jcl/9:25 a.m.)