The end of June is a new beginning for the Filipino nation. On that glorious Wednesday, President-elect Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” C. Aquino III, the son of martyred hero Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., and People Power icon Corazon Cojuangco Aquino, will take his oath of office as the 15th President of the Republic of the Philippines.
P-Noy’s (short for President or Pangulong Noynoy) inauguration is a historic occasion for us Filipinos and our country, the Philippines. It marks the end of a very unpopular administration that until its last days in Malacañan is believed to have stolen its mandate to govern through massive electoral frauds in 2004 and have engineered the systematic plunder of the national treasury through widespread and rampant graft and corruption.
Voted into office with a wide margin of votes, P-Noy’s mandate is as clear as the light of a new dawn that promises to bring about genuine positive transformation in the lives of impoverished people and the cleansing of government institutions long perceived to be inefficient and corrupt. Then presidential candidate’s Noynoy Aquino’s campaign battlecry “Kung Walang Corrupt, Walang Mahirap,” without a doubt was what propelled him to victory in the last election. Thus, eradicating corruption in government and improving the socio-economic status of the poorest of the poor starting July 1 this year till the end of his six-year term in 2016 will be the yardstick by which his presidency will be measured.
Surely, he is doomed to fail if he and the members of administration will only be the ones to curb the deeply rooted culture of avarice among state bureaucrats. The same situation is true in the myriad of problems that our country is facing. P-Noy’s admission that he is not a superman to solve all these problems and that he needs help from each and every Pinoy to rebuild our country is an important step in the identification and provision of solutions to surmount the difficult challenges that lie ahead of his administration.
The election that divided our nation is over. It’s time to unite. Regardless of our political affiliations, we should all rally behind P-Noy and help him and his government carry out what are needed to be done to better our country and our future as a people.
If we sincerely want meaningful and positive change to happen to our country, the time is now to make it happen.
P-Noy’s presidential inauguration should be our inauguration too. As he takes his oath of office to serve as our leader in the next six years, let’s also take our oaths to support him and do our sworn duty to be responsible citizens. Let’s make P-Noy’s inaugural our defining moment as a nation and from then on, let’s promise ourselves that we will religiously do our share in building our nation, a nation that we can be proud of to bestow to our children and the future generation of Filipinos.
To paraphrase US President John F. Kennedy, lets ask not what our country can do for us, rather let’s ask what we can do for our country. Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!