The schedule of the funeral mass of President Benigno S. Aquino III will be at 10:00 AM tomorrow, Saturday, 26 June, at the Church of the Gesu at the Ateneo De Manila University. The mass will be presided by Archbishop Socrates Villegas, together with his brother priests.
In adherence to the regulations of the IATF for COVID-19, the Aquino family enjoins everyone who intends to personally pay their last respects to the former President, to follow the health protocols and social distancing measures that will be implemented by the University.
In appreciation for the outpouring of prayers and sympathies for the late Former President Benigno S. Aquino III, there will be a one-day public viewing of President Aquino’s urn at the Church of the Gesu inside the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City.
Like so many people, I am saddened by his loss. But upon reflection of his life that was truly well lived, a life where he gave generously to the betterment of his fellowman, can we begrudge him for being in a better state now, back in the company of his beloved Abby.
In all this, Mon was not only our Tourism chief, but he was also someone instrumental in crafting the messages of my Administration. He helped unify the majority of our people towards achieving the successes that we could be proud of as a nation.
I was indeed fortunate to have a Cabinet whose members for the most part had a singular agenda: The improvement of the lot of our Bosses. Serving with them was so enriching, that we felt achieving the impossible would just take a little longer.
Might I note that for every foreign tourist coming to our shores, that resulted in one job created for the Filipino. Such contributed to the growth of local industry and the economy, empowering those in the sectors positively affected to take hold of their own destinies.
Meanwhile, international arrivals grew at an annual average of 8.8%, from 3.52 million tourists in 2010 to 5.36 million in 2015, as international tourism receipts increased from 135.5 billion in 2010 to 274.6 billion pesos before we left office.
Mon as our Tourism Secretary achieved so much without ever complaining about the lack of hotels, facilities, airports, and infrastructure. He instead made do with what we had, and the results speak for themselves.
It fulfilled our need to promote the Philippines with a very limited budget yet would have a significant appeal to the target market that we were trying to reach. That meeting ended with all of us so energized as we were convinced that we had a winning campaign.
Seeing the multi-stylized map of the Philippines on a multi-colored mat or banig, I must admit I was a bit apprehensive then, thinking the proposed slogan was another variation of the rejected campaign of his predecessor.
Yesterday, after receiving the unexpected news of Mon’s demise, I glanced upon the case of my phone which had on it the slogan and logo of “It’s more fun in the Philippines,” which Mon himself had crafted.
Nitong nagdaang araw, laman ng balita ang mga rekomendasyon ng Committee Report ng Kamara ukol sa Dengvaxia, pati ang outbreak ng measles sa iba’t ibang lugar. Iisang panig lang ang naririnig sa usaping ito. Para malaman ninyo ang totoo, hayaan ninyong ilahad ko ang aking panig.
Inaanyayahan ko ang lahat na sumali at mag-volunteer sa Project Makinig (projectmakinig.ph). Sa Project Makinig, nag-iikot at kumakatok ang ating mga kasamahan para pakinggan ang saloobin ng mga kapwa nating Pilipino.
Sa aking pananaw, kung anuman ang magiging paliwanag ng mayorya, ang makikita lang natin ay isang pilit na pilit na desisyon.
Ang tanong ngayon: Gaano kaya kaasim ang desisyong pilit nilang isusubo sa atin?
Makailang ulit nang nasabi ng Korte Suprema: Kung ang batas ay malinaw na, di na kailangan ng paliwanag pa. Klaro ang nasa Saligang Batas: ang impeachable officer, sa pamamagitan lang ng impeachment maaalis sa puwesto.
SA PASYA NG MAYORYA NG KORTE SUPREMA KAUGNAY NI CHIEF JUSTICE SERENO
Marahil marami sa inyo, tulad ko, ang paboritong prutas ay mangga. Kung nais natin ang matamis na mangga, hihintayin nating mahinog ito. Alam din natin, pag pinilit itong mahinog, maasim ang kalalabasan nito.
Maraming mukha ang diktadurya; may iba pang personalidad na nais magbalik nito—ang ipagkait ang tamang proseso at ilagay sa kamay ng iisang tao ang pagsasabi kung ano ang nararapat o hindi, at kung sino ang inosente o maysala.
Celebrated the LP's 72nd anniversary with friends and fellow Liberals, from long-time partners in the party that as one legislator joked in the past, “could fit inside a Volkswagen beetle with room to spare", to all the new members and the many who came to demonstrate solidarity.
Sa panahong tila pinaghahati-hati ang buong bansa, malinaw po, ang tanging susi para marating natin ang nais nating paroonan, ay ang pagkakaisa na nagmumula sa tama at makatwirang dahilan. Isang makabuluhang Bagong Taon po sa ating lahat.