PNoy BOASTS OF IMPROVED ECONOMY IN L.A. VISIT

[PHOTO- PNoy MEETE JESSICA SANCHEZ]

LOS ANGELES, JUNE 10, 2012 (ABS-CBN) by Steve Angeles- President Benigno Aquino III came to tell the Los Angeles community that it only took a short time to bring change to the Philippines, using the recent impeachment trial of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona as an example.

“Dahil kailangan natin ng pagbabago. Dahil kailangan nating patunayan na umiiral ang justice at tapos na ang panahon ng ‘just-tiis’ sa ating lipunan. Ang gusto natin sistemang maaasahan, hindi 'yung nadadaan sa kursunada ng makapangyarihan. Kung inosente kang papasok sa hukuman, wala kang kaba dahil alam mong nakapiring ang mata ng katarungan. At kung ikaw naman ay maysala, aba, maghanda ka nang pagbayaran ang iyong kasalanan,” Aquino said.

The President also touched on recent improvements in the Philippine economy.

“Pagbabago po ang aking ipinangako, pagbabago ang tinatamasa natin ngayon, pagbabago ang gusto kong ipamana sa papalit sa akin sa puwesto, at sa susunod na salinlahi ng Pilipino. Pagbabagong puwede mong ipagmalaki sa buong mundo, nasaang lupalop ka man. Ang gusto ko po, pag may nakasalubong kayo sa daan, ang sasabihin nila, ‘I hear that in the Philippines, your government has the people and the people’s interest on top of its agenda. I hear that in the Philippines, no one is above the law. I hear that in the Philippines, the system really works,’” he said.

The President received a warm welcome, which included an invocation by the LA Auxiliary Bishop Oscar Solis, the highest-ranking Filipino in the US Catholic Church.

Community groups filled the room for a chance to see the President's address.

Despite the support he got at the reception, activists outside the hotel called on Aquino to end US military intervention in the Philippines and to return the farmlands to victims of the Hacienda Luisita massacre.

“Darating na po ang araw ng kalayaan. Dumating na nga po sana nawa ang kalayaan ng Pilipinas mula sa gutom at sa kahirapan. Advanced Happy Independence Day po sa ating lahat,” the President said.

None of the President’s remarks addressed the activists’ concerns.

He left right after his speech to catch a 10 p.m. flight back to the Philippines, capping off an intense trip that began in Europe and ended in California.

Filipinos who came to see President Aquino say his speech not only gave them a sense of optimism but also a feeling of excitement for the changes in the Philippines.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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