Aquino expresses his vision of change and reform for the country to Filipinos now based in London

June 6, 2012 11:15 pm 

MANILA, June 6 — President Benigno S. Aquino III, speaking before the Filipino community in London, said he envisions a progressive and reformed Philippines by the time he steps down from power in 2016.

At the same time, the President asked the Filipino community in the UK to continuously support his administration, noting that change and reform are possible when all Filipinos unite and work together.

“Talagang gusto kong makaharap kayong lahat sa 2016 at sabihin sa inyong lahat…Hindi ba talagang nagbago na tayo?’ Magagawa po natin ‘yan, nagtiwala kayo noong tinulungan ninyo akong mabigyan ng pagkakataon dito sa ating tinatalakay ngayon,” the President said in his speech.

“Lalo hong mangyayari talaga ito — wala naman hong iwanan noong botohan lang — ituloy na po natin hanggang 2016 ‘yung ating partnership talaga dahil kaya naman nating mabago at marami nang nagbago pero kaya pa natin lalong pabilisin ‘yung pagbabagong para sa ikabubuti ng lahat.”

As part of those changes, the President said he wants to see major developments in the country’s infrastructure, education, health care system, peace and security, social development and many others.

The chief executive also said he expects children receiving government support under the conditional cash transfer (CCT) program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development to be in secondary schools when he steps down from the presidency.

The indications are also good in keeping the peace and order in the country as the police successfully reduced the number of crimes happening in the local communities, the President said.

The President also reported the recent removal from office of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona, saying the impeachment trial that removed him from office will be good for the country’s justice system.

Checks and balances in government system prevailed, he said, adding government officials and employees must bear in mind that the Filipino people should always be their bosses.

“Lahat kaming public employees should remember that there is actually one boss. The mandate comes from the people, the power comes from people and the people are the only masters that we should serve collectively,” he said.

It is his vision, President Aquino said, that the people feel that there’s a government that they can count on and there’s a leadership that cares for them.

“Inaambisyon ko nga ho… yung nakipagtrabaho sa gobyerno, may maaasahan kayong minimum na gagawin ng gobyerno. Na ‘pag may dinaing kayo, may tugon na hindi ninyo masasabing pinabayaan kayo ng gobyerno ninyo; na ‘pag merong problema, hindi nagbubulag-bulagan, hindi nagbibingi-bingihan, hindi lang gumagawa ng kilos, gumagawa ng aksyon,” he said. (PNA)

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