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[AQUINO: "Nang nagsimula tayo, isinumpa ko: Sa pagbaba ko sa puwesto, iiwan ko ang ating bansa nang mas maayos kaysa sa ating dinatnan. Sa ating pamamahala, ang Pilipinas ay magiging marangal at responsableng kasapi ng pandaigdigang komunidad. Sa huli kong pagharap sa inyo, aking mga Boss, at sa koro diplomatiko bilang Pangulo, taas-noo kong masasabi: Tinupad ko ang lahat ng panata ko." ]


JUNE 12 -A giant Philippine flag is raised during a ceremony to celebrate the 118th Philippine Independence Day rites at the Rizal Park Sunday, June 12, 2016 in Manila, Philippines. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III led the rites for the last time as he is to relinquish his presidency to President-elect Rodrigo Duterte at the end of the month. AP/Bullit Marquez Outgoing President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III delivered his final Independence Day Vin d’Honneur address and toast as the country's chief executive. Aquino delivered his speech before the members of his Cabinet and diplomats from various countries at the Rizal Hall in Malacañang Palace. Below is the full transcript of what could be Aquino's last speech as the Philippine president: Taon-taon, nagtitipon at pinagdiriwang natin ang ating kalayaan. Ngayong taon, minarapat po nating ibahin nang kaunti ang pagsariwa kung gaano kahirap nakamtan ang kalayaang ating tinatamasa. Alalahanin po natin: Halos isang henerasyon pa lang ang nakalipas, na ang mismong gobyernong pinamunuan ng Pilipino, ay siyang sumupil ng kalayaan sa kapwa Pilipino. Sa atin pong pagbabalik-tanaw: Inaanyayahan ko ang lahat na ilagay ang inyong sarili sa mga mata at kaisipan ng isang 13 taong gulang—ang edad ko po ng mga panahong iyon—na dinanas ang sumusunod. READ MORE...

ALSO: Aquino to bosses - 'I fulfilled my promises'


JUNE 12 -Parade of colors at the Philippine Independence Day celebration in Cavite on Sunday, June 12, 2016. Philstar.com / Efigenio Toledo IV — In what could be his last speech addressed to the Filipino public as the Philippine president, President Benigno Aquino III on said Sunday that he has fulfilled his promises to his "bosses." Aquino said he will end his term with pride that he has left the Philippines a better place compared to when he took over the top post of the land. President Aquino delivers 'EDSA at 30' speech "Sa ating pamamahala, ang Pilipinas ay magiging marangal at responsableng kasapi ng pandaigdigang komunidad," Aquino said in his speech at the Vin d'honneur for the commemoration of Philippine's 118th Independence Day. READ MORE...

ALSO: Aquino urges Filipinos to protect freedom


JUNE 12 -President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech at the vin d’honneur in celebration of Philippine Independence Day. Malacañang Photo Bureau
President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III on Sunday encouraged Filipinos to protect the country’s hard earned freedom in light of the 118th celebration of the Philippine Independence Day.
“Papasok tayo sa panibagong kabanata ng kasaysayan. Nawa’y 'di natin malimot na ang kalayaan, kailangang bantayan at alagaan,” Aquino said in his speech at the Vin d'honneur for the commemoration of the country's independence. Aquino reminded the public that protecting the Filipino freedom is very important as our ancestors shed blood and risked their lives to fight for the nation’s dignity and integrity. “Minsan nang inagaw ng kapwa natin Pilipino ang kalayaan. Kung hindi tayo magiging mapagmatyag, maaari itong mangyari ulit,” he said. During his speech at the Vin d’honneur, Aquino presented a video of himself narrating his family's and the country’s ordeals during the Martial Law era when several Filipinos were deprived of freedom including his father late Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. He said the People Power paved the way for the reclamation of democracy. “Tunay po na ang People Power ang bumawi sa demokrasya. Ang People Power ang naging tulay ng people empowerment. Ang People Power ang nagbalik sa gobyerno sa tunay nitong mandato: Ang arugain at bigyang lakas ang taumbayan,” Aquino said. READ MORE...

ALSO: Duterte - Media corruption root cause of journalists’ killings


JUNE 12 -President-elect Rodrigo Duterte during a press conference after his first cabinet meeting at the Malacanang of the South in Panacan, Davao City. PHOTO BY TARRA QUISMUNDO
DAVAO CITY – President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday blamed corruption in the media and irresponsible reporting for the killings of journalists in the country. In his first press conference at the presidential guest house in Barangay Panacan, Duterte recounted the killing of a broadcaster in Davao City to stress his point. Duterte said the broadcaster was murdered because of his alleged irresponsible reports and connection to political operators who paid him to attack public figures. He said it is a sad reality that some reporters are accepting bribes to attack or defend politicians or public officials. “Kaya namamatay kasi nabayaran na they take sides or nasobrahan nila ang atake,” Duterte said. “It’s not because you’re a journalist you’re exempted from assassination if you’re a son of a bitch,” he added. Duterte said the freedom of expression enshrined in the 1987 Constitution will not protect reporters from assassination if they are corrupt or careless in reporting. “The Constitution can no longer help you pag binaboy mo isang tao. Your freedom of expression can’t help you if you’ve done something wrong with the guy,” Duterte said. Duterte’s hard stance on the issue gives a preview of how his administration would treat the problem of media killings, which remains rampant in the country. READ MORE...


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‘Libingan burial to bring closure’ to decades of divisiveness
[Duterte, however, insisted interring Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani would put closure to an issue that he said has long divided Filipinos. “I will allow the burial of President Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani not because he is a hero. He was a Filipino soldier, period. That can be arranged immediately,” he said.]


JUNE 12 -DAVAO CITY, Philippines – With the prospect of his late father getting buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani now brighter, outgoing Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said yesterday he sees closure to an issue that has divided the country for decades. The possible Libingan ng mga Bayani burial in September for the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos and the appointment of his senator-son and namesake to the Cabinet of the incoming administration were among the topics discussed between the younger Marcos and president-elect Rodrigo Duterte Friday night.
While Duterte would not talk about the meeting, Marcos revealed getting fresh assurance of a Libingan burial for his father. “I quite disagree with it,” he told reporters when asked if there is a possibility a Libingan burial for his father would create discord. “It will bring closure not only to my family but the country somehow,” he said. He pointed out interring his father at the Libingan would “put to rest” what he called “continuing partisan exchange.” The younger Marcos also voiced his readiness to serve in the Duterte administration – even as a consultant. Losing candidates are barred from taking government positions within a year after an election. READ MORE...


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FULL TEXT: Aquino’s speech at the 118th Philippine Independence Day


A giant Philippine flag is raised during a ceremony to celebrate the 118th Philippine Independence Day rites at the Rizal Park Sunday, June 12, 2016 in Manila, Philippines. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III led the rites for the last time as he is to relinquish his presidency to President-elect Rodrigo Duterte at the end of the month. AP/Bullit Marquez

MANILA, JUNE 13, 2016 (PHILSTAR) June 12, 2016 - 1:31pm 7 57 -Outgoing President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III delivered his final Independence Day Vin d’Honneur address and toast as the country's chief executive.

Aquino delivered his speech before the members of his Cabinet and diplomats from various countries at the Rizal Hall in Malacañang Palace.

Below is the full transcript of what could be Aquino's last speech as the Philippine president:

Taon-taon, nagtitipon at pinagdiriwang natin ang ating kalayaan. Ngayong taon, minarapat po nating ibahin nang kaunti ang pagsariwa kung gaano kahirap nakamtan ang kalayaang ating tinatamasa. Alalahanin po natin: Halos isang henerasyon pa lang ang nakalipas, na ang mismong gobyernong pinamunuan ng Pilipino, ay siyang sumupil ng kalayaan sa kapwa Pilipino.

Sa atin pong pagbabalik-tanaw: Inaanyayahan ko ang lahat na ilagay ang inyong sarili sa mga mata at kaisipan ng isang 13 taong gulang—ang edad ko po ng mga panahong iyon—na dinanas ang sumusunod.

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Ididiin ko po: Nangyari na ito. Minsan nang inagaw ng kapwa natin Pilipino ang ating kalayaan. Ibig sabihin, kung hindi tayo magiging mapagmatyag, maaari itong mangyari muli.

Ngayong papasok tayo sa panibagong kabanata ng ating kasaysayan, nawa’y hindi natin malimot: Ang kalayaan, kailangang bantayan at alagaan. Ang lahat ng mahalaga, kailangang pagsikapan; kailangang ipaglaban. Sabi nga po ng isang manunulat na si Edmund Burke: All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.

Nang nagsimula tayo, isinumpa ko: Sa pagbaba ko sa puwesto, iiwan ko ang ating bansa nang mas maayos kaysa sa ating dinatnan. Sa ating pamamahala, ang Pilipinas ay magiging marangal at responsableng kasapi ng pandaigdigang komunidad. Sa huli kong pagharap sa inyo, aking mga Boss, at sa koro diplomatiko bilang Pangulo, taas-noo kong masasabi: Tinupad ko ang lahat ng panata ko.

Alam ito ng lahat ng mga natulungan ng PhilHealth, ng mga napagtapos nating scholar ng TESDA, at ng mga kabataang pumapasok sa maayos na mga classroom. Alam ito ng mga graduate na namimili na ngayon ng trabaho, sa halip na magkandarapa sa paghahanap nito. Alam ito ng mga nasa lalawigan na nakikinabang na ngayon sa mga kalsada, tulay, daungan, paliparan, at iba pang imprastrukturang naipagawa natin. Alam ito ng mga mamamayang dati ay naiipit sa putukan, ngunit ngayon ay abot-tanaw na ang kapayapaan. Alam ito ng lahat ng tumatamasa ng panibagong oportunidad dahil sa paglago ng ekonomiya—isang ekonomiyang mula sa pagiging “Sick Man of Asia,” ngayon ay “Darling of Asia” na. Alam ito ng buong mundong humahanga sa paninindigan, integridad, at sigasig ng Pilipino.

Naipakita na nating kaya nating ipaglaban ang demokrasya. Naipakita na nating kaya nating bawiin ang inagaw na demokrasya. Ngayon, napatunayan natin: Kaya nating paganahin ang demokrasya para sa ikabubuti ng ating mga mamamayan.

Naabot natin ang lahat n gating tinatamasa natin ngayon nang gumagalang sa proseso at sa batas at sa karapatan ng bawat tao. Nagawa natin ito nang hindi sinisikil ang tinig nino man, at binibigyang halaga ang kalayaang ipinaglaban ng mga nauna sa atin. Naninindigan pa rin tayo: Walang mararating na tunay na pag-unlad kung isusuko ang ating dignidad at karapatan.

At this point, with our friends from the diplomatic corps, allow me to propose a toast:

To the Filipino people: May we never lose our patience with the ways of democracy, and may we never take it for granted or be passive in its defense;

To the friends of the Philippines: As we collectively face the challenges of an ever-shrinking world, may our solidarity continue to bear fruit in the cooperation that improves the lives of our respective peoples;

To our hard won Filipino freedom: Earned by the blood and sacrifice of martyrs, nurtured by the vigilance of an empowered people, may it never again be challenged, diminished, or negated.

Mabuhay!


PHILSTAR

Aquino to bosses: I fulfilled my promises 0 Share Rosette Adel (philstar.com) - June 12, 2016 - 11:30am


Parade of colors at the Philippine Independence Day celebration in Cavite on Sunday, June 12, 2016. Philstar.com / Efigenio Toledo IV

MANILA, Philippines — In what could be his last speech addressed to the Filipino public as the Philippine president, President Benigno Aquino III on said Sunday that he has fulfilled his promises to his "bosses."

Aquino said he will end his term with pride that he has left the Philippines a better place compared to when he took over the top post of the land.

President Aquino delivers 'EDSA at 30' speech "Sa ating pamamahala, ang Pilipinas ay magiging marangal at responsableng kasapi ng pandaigdigang komunidad," Aquino said in his speech at the Vin d'honneur for the commemoration of Philippine's 118th Independence Day.

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"Sa huli kong pagharap sa aking mga Boss at sa koro diplomatiko bilang Pangulo, masasabi ko: Tinupad ko ang panata ko," he added.

Aquino said that Filipinos assisted by his administration know that he has fulfilled his campaign promise, citing the beneficiaries of PhilHealth insurance and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, among others.

The outgoing president said several graduates have benefited from jobs opened up in his watch, while those from rural areas now enjoy port, airports and other infrastructure built by the government he led. Aquino also took pride that those living in several conflict areas now experience peace, and that economy gains have been recognized by the international community.

"Alam ito ng tumatamasa ng panibagong oportunidad dahil sa paglago ng ekonomiya—mula sa Sick Man of Asia, ngayon, Darling of Asia na," Aquino said.

"Alam ito ng mundong humahanga sa paninindigan, integredidad at sagisag ng Filipino," he added.

Aquino attributed his legacy to the continued practice of democracy and freedom won by Filipino heroes 118 years ago, as well as by his parents in the 1980s. Aquino's father, martyred Sen. Benigno Aquino II, fought against the Marcos dictatorship, while his mother, late President Corazon Aquino, effectively toppled martial rule in succeeding to the presidency.

"Naabot natin ang lahat ng tinatamasa natin ngayon nang gumagalang sa proseso at sa batas at sa karapatan ng bawat tao," Aquino said.

"Nagawa natin nang hindi sinisingil ang tinig ng sinuman," he said. -

Editor's Note: The occasion of President Aquino's speech before the diplomatic corps has been added at 11:57 a.m. to give more context to the setting.


PHILSTAR

Aquino urges Filipinos to protect freedom By Rosette Adel (philstar.com) | Updated June 12, 2016 - 1:13pm 0 0 googleplus0 0


President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech at the vin d’honneur in celebration of Philippine Independence Day. Malacañang Photo Bureau

MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III on Sunday encouraged Filipinos to protect the country’s hard earned freedom in light of the 118th celebration of the Philippine Independence Day.

“Papasok tayo sa panibagong kabanata ng kasaysayan. Nawa’y 'di natin malimot na ang kalayaan, kailangang bantayan at alagaan,” Aquino said in his speech at the Vin d'honneur for the commemoration of the country's independence.

Aquino reminded the public that protecting the Filipino freedom is very important as our ancestors shed blood and risked their lives to fight for the nation’s dignity and integrity.

“Minsan nang inagaw ng kapwa natin Pilipino ang kalayaan. Kung hindi tayo magiging mapagmatyag, maaari itong mangyari ulit,” he said.

During his speech at the Vin d’honneur, Aquino presented a video of himself narrating his family's and the country’s ordeals during the Martial Law era when several Filipinos were deprived of freedom including his father late Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. He said the People Power paved the way for the reclamation of democracy.

“Tunay po na ang People Power ang bumawi sa demokrasya. Ang People Power ang naging tulay ng people empowerment. Ang People Power ang nagbalik sa gobyerno sa tunay nitong mandato: Ang arugain at bigyang lakas ang taumbayan,” Aquino said.

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The outgoing president also cited a quote from the writer Edmund Burke: “All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”

“Naninindigan pa rin tayo. Walang mararating na tunay na pag-unlad kung isusuko ang ating dignidad at karapatan,” he added.

Aquino not only urged the Filipinos but also friends of the Philippines to keep their solidarity in improving the lives of the respective peoples. He concluded his speech with a toast for the Filipino freedom.

“To the Filipino people, may we never lose our patience with the ways of democracy, and may we never take it for granted or be passive with its effect,” the outgoing president said while proposing a toast.

“To our hard-won Filipino freedom earned by the blood and sacrifice of martyrs, nurtured by the vigilance of an empowered people, may it never again be challenged, diminished, or negated,” he concluded.


INQUIRER

Duterte: Media corruption root cause of journalists’ killings SHARES: 3298 VIEW COMMENTS
By: Marc Jayson Cayabyab and Germelina Lacorte @inquirerdotnet INQUIRER.net and Inquirer Mindanao 09:33 PM May 31st, 2016


President-elect Rodrigo Duterte during a press conference after his first cabinet meeting at the Malacanang of the South in Panacan, Davao City. PHOTO BY TARRA QUISMUNDO

DAVAO CITY – President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday blamed corruption in the media and irresponsible reporting for the killings of journalists in the country.

In his first press conference at the presidential guest house in Barangay Panacan, Duterte recounted the killing of a broadcaster in Davao City to stress his point.

Duterte said the broadcaster was murdered because of his alleged irresponsible reports and connection to political operators who paid him to attack public figures.

He said it is a sad reality that some reporters are accepting bribes to attack or defend politicians or public officials.

“Kaya namamatay kasi nabayaran na they take sides or nasobrahan nila ang atake,” Duterte said.

“It’s not because you’re a journalist you’re exempted from assassination if you’re a son of a bitch,” he added.

Duterte said the freedom of expression enshrined in the 1987 Constitution will not protect reporters from assassination if they are corrupt or careless in reporting.

“The Constitution can no longer help you pag binaboy mo isang tao. Your freedom of expression can’t help you if you’ve done something wrong with the guy,” Duterte said.

Duterte’s hard stance on the issue gives a preview of how his administration would treat the problem of media killings, which remains rampant in the country.

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At one point during the press conference, Duterte was apparently irritated by a barrage of questions from the media that he said: “May sundalo ba rito? I-Armalite nga mga ito.”

At least 32 journalists have been killed since President Aquino came to power in 2010.

The latest victim was Alex Balcoba, a reporter of People’s Brigada, who was killed in Manila on May 28.

Ryan Rosauro, chair of the National Union of Journalists in the Philippines, said he “took exception to the pronouncements of President-elect Duterte that tends to suggest it is okay to get a journalist killed if he or she is involved in a corrupt practice.”

“We would like to stress that extra judicial killing will not eliminate media corruption which is a systemic problem as much as a question of professional ethics,” Rosauro said.

“We also stress that journalists were killed because of their work in exposing corruption and malfeasance in government. Hence, no matter the weaknesses of Philippine media, it will be a major factor in any effort to cleanse government of the scourge of graft and corruption,” he added.


PHILSTAR

‘Libingan burial to bring closure’ By Edith Regalado and Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star) | Updated June 12, 2016 - 12:00am 2 2 googleplus0 0


Photo posted by Sen. Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. on his Twitter account shows him with presidentelect Rodrigo Duterte after a meeting at the After Dark Piano Bar in Davao City early yesterday.

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – With the prospect of his late father getting buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani now brighter, outgoing Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said yesterday he sees closure to an issue that has divided the country for decades.

The possible Libingan ng mga Bayani burial in September for the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos and the appointment of his senator-son and namesake to the Cabinet of the incoming administration were among the topics discussed between the younger Marcos and president-elect Rodrigo Duterte Friday night.

While Duterte would not talk about the meeting, Marcos revealed getting fresh assurance of a Libingan burial for his father.

“I quite disagree with it,” he told reporters when asked if there is a possibility a Libingan burial for his father would create discord.

“It will bring closure not only to my family but the country somehow,” he said. He pointed out interring his father at the Libingan would “put to rest” what he called “continuing partisan exchange.”

The younger Marcos also voiced his readiness to serve in the Duterte administration – even as a consultant. Losing candidates are barred from taking government positions within a year after an election.

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The meeting – which reportedly took more than four hours and lasted until the wee hours – was held at the After Dark Piano Bar, a favorite hangout of Duterte.

“I thanked him (Duterte) for saying that he is ready to allow the burial of my father at the Libingan ng mga Bayani,” Marcos said.

The senator said it is possible that his father would be interred in September this year. The elder Marcos was born on Sept. 11, 1917. “There are discussions that it can be done in September, but of course, these are very informal,” he said.

The late dictator was ousted during the 1986 People Power Revolution, which catapulted Corazon Aquino to power and restored democracy in the country.

Marcos died of kidney, heart and lung ailments on Sept. 28, 1989 while in exile in Honolulu, Hawaii. The late strongman’s body was brought back to the Philippines in 1993. It is supposedly his remains that are inside a glass coffin on display in a family mausoleum in Batac, Ilocos Norte.

Victims of human rights abuses during the Marcos regime are opposed to giving Marcos a hero’s burial, saying this would insult the real heroes who died fighting the dictatorship.

Duterte, however, insisted interring Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani would put closure to an issue that he said has long divided Filipinos.

“I will allow the burial of President Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani not because he is a hero. He was a Filipino soldier, period. That can be arranged immediately,” he said.


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