Aquino attends 112th anniversary celebration of Manila Bulletin

February 3, 2012 10:49 pm 

MANILA, Feb. 3 — President Benigno S. Aquino III attended Thursday the 112th anniversary of the Manila Bulletin and he expressed hope that the newspaper will continue to provide positive news stories about the country.

“It is my fervent hope that, as you celebrate your 112th anniversary, the Manila Bulletin adheres to the calling proclaimed in your masthead: to be the exponent of Philippine progress,” he said in a message during the event at the Manila Bulletin in Intramuros, Manila on Thursday.

“As the oldest English language daily in the country, you are an ambassador of the country to the world; what you headline is read not just here, but also globally.”

February 2, the President said, is also the anniversary of the ratification of the 1987 Constitution. He said that 25 years ago, the Filipino people ratified a new constitution that has weathered many storms but remained as the foundation of the country’s ideals and aspirations.

The Philippine press, according to the President, preserves those ideals and hopes.

“As media practitioners, you have reported the strides we have taken in governance; and you have communicated to us in government the aspirations of the Filipino people. In your pages are accounts of how we have endeavored to strengthen our institutions, and how we have pursued the idea that the letter of the law must be used to uphold the spirit of the law,” he said.

“Our Constitution is the bulwark of our freedoms – including the freedom of the press. With that freedom comes the corresponding responsibility of the Fourth Estate to be balanced and fair,” the President added.

Joining the President during the event were former Presidents Fidel V. Ramos and Joseph Ejercito Estrada, Manila Bulletin owner Don Emilio Yap, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., Rizal Gov. Casimiro Ynares Jr., Manila 3rd District Rep. Zenaida Angping and Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim. (PNA)



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