- Rodrigo Duterte said the country needs more citizens like Ninoy Aquino
- The chief executive encourage government officials to emulate Aquino’s dedication
- He said Aquino’s profound love to restore peace and democracy in the country inspired a revolution that changed the path of the nation’s history
President Rodrigo Duterte said the Philippines need more citizens like former Senator Ninoy Aquino, August 21, on his Ninoy Aquino Day message.
Rappler quoted him saying, “In this time of real and lasting change, we need more citizens like him so we can steer our country towards the direction where a brighter and better future awaits us all.
“This can only be viewed if we work together to institute meaningful reforms that will put an end to the many social ills that have constructed our path towards becoming a mature and stable democracy.”
He also asked government officials to make his dedication as a guidepost to advance the welfare of the people, especially the oppressed and marginalized.
Duterte said, Aquino’s profound love to restore peace and democracy in the country inspired a revolution that changed the path of the nation’s history, thus bringing the freedom for people to enjoy.
Aquino, known as a democracy icon with his wife Corazon, was a top opposition figure when Ferdinand Marcos governed the country for more than two decades.
His assassination on August 21, 1983, at the former Manila International Airport, now Ninoy Aquino International Airport, sparked outrage among Filipinos and brought about a mass movement known as the People Power.
Duterte is a known ally of the Marcoses, who even allowed the late president to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in 2016.
Last week, as per GMA News, the country’s chief executive said he would only step down from the office if the former president’s son Bongbong Marcos would be capable as his successor.
He pronounced, he might resign if Bongbong wins his electoral protest aimed at Vice President Leni Robredo.