Duterte: We need more public servants, youth like Ninoy

Published August 21, 2019, 10:15 AM

by Dhel Nazario, Jeffrey G. Damicog, and Rey G. Panaligan

By Argyll Cyrus Geducos

President Duterte is hopeful that government workers and the country’s youth will be inspired by the life of the late Senator Benigno Aquino Jr., a public servant who served with honor, integrity, and purpose.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the oath-taking ceremony of the newly appointed officials at the Malacañan Palace on August 5, 2019. (KING RODRIGUEZ / PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

As the nation commemorated the assassination of Aquino at the then-Manila International Airport 36 years ago, the President led the nation in remembering the important role of the late senator in restoring democracy in the country.

“Today, we remember Benigno S. Aquino, Jr. and his important role in restoring our democratic institutions more than three decades ago. His sacrifice altered the course of our nation’s history and still continues to ignite the spirit of heroism among our people,” he said.

The President also hoped that the occasion would remind every Filipino of their solemn duty to safeguard the freedoms everyone is enjoying which were once lost.

He expressed hope that Ninoy’s life will inspire both public servants and the youth to keep the welfare of the country in mind.

“I also hope that Ninoy’s remarkable life as a public servant will move my fellow government workers to serve with honor, integrity, and purpose, as well as inspire our youth to be of service to their country and fellowmen,” Duterte said.

He added that there is still a lot that needs to be done for the country to completely eradicate poverty, corruption, and injustice that have plagued the nation even during Aquino’s time.

“Let his example guide us as we strive to uplift and protect the most vulnerable in our society and ensure that all Filipinos will enjoy the blessings of freedom, democracy, and the rule of law,” he said.

Aquino’s death on August 21, 1983 catapulted his wife Corazon to the presidency through the peaceful EDSA People Power revolution and a snap election in 1986, ousting the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos who ruled the country for over 20 years.

Early this month, President Duterte said that the late President Corazon Aquino is popular today because her husband died in the hands of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos.

“Cory Aquino may be popular. She is popular today. Why? For losing the husband in the hands of Mr. Marcos,” he said a day after Corazon Aquino’s 10th death anniversary.