President Aquino says he is honored to have been included in this year's 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time Magazine

April 20, 2013 12:10 am 

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu, April 19 — President Benigno S. Aquino III said on Friday he is honored to have been included by the prestigious TIME Magazine in this year’s list of "100 Most Influential People in the World."

The President, however, said that he owes this recognition more to the Filipino people who continuously support the programs of his administration that apparently helped put the country in a much better light.

“How do I feel? Syempre, honored. Pero, at the same time, pinaalala rin sa atin na marami tayo talagang nagawa, pero hindi lang ako ang gumawa. Klaro sa akin na kaya kong gawin ito dahil nasa likod ko ang taumbayan," the President said.

"Kung medyo alanganin ako sa suporta ng bawat bayan—kapag nilabanan natin ang tiwali, kapag binago natin ang nakaugalian nang mga sistema at proseso— baka mahina ‘yung kalooban nating sugurin lahat ang dapat sugurin," he added.

"Pero dahil nandiyan ang taumbayan, sila ang nagbigay muna ng pagkakataon sa akin, sila ang sumusuporta hanggang sa kasalukuyan, ay parang tinatanggap ko ‘yung honor na ‘yan on their behalf rather than for myself,” the President Aquino said.

The TIME 100 list is categorized into five: Titans, Leaders, Artists, Pioneers and Icons. President Aquino is in this year's Leaders list—his first appearance since he assumed office.

President Aquino stressed that the recognition of the entire Filipino nation is more important to him. “I’m just the face, kumbaga, ako ‘yung unang isusugod sa problema, tanggap ko ‘yon. Pero ‘yung kapag meron namang tagumpay, tagumpay ito ng lahat,” he said.

Malacañang through Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said TIME’s article is a “recognition of the true grit” which characterizes the President’s “leadership, optimism, dynamism, and renewed pride which has restored the standing of our nation in the eyes of Filipinos and the world.”

"President Aquino was recognized for stabilizing and invigorating the economy, for his leadership in pushing vital legislation such as the Reproductive Health and Responsible Parenthood law, as well as his bravery and regional leadership in asserting our national sovereignty in the West Philippine Sea," Lacierda said in a statement.

"We take pride in how the ideas of good governance and inclusive growth that are the major thrusts of the Aquino presidency resonate not just with Filipinos but with the entire world. This is especially relevant today, as countries all over are trying to become more inclusive economically, politically, and even culturally, President Aquino is already doing it in the Philippines," he said. (PNA)

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