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PNOY'S PLEA AGAINST DICTATORSHIP

PNOY'S PLEA AGAINST DICTATORSHIP
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PNoy today (12 June 2016) on Independence Day, gave a strongly-worded speech, possibly his last as head of state, against dictatorship and the demise of democracy.

PNoy, reffering to hundreds of diplomats and government officials, warned that freedom may again be stolen from the people.


Independence Day (12 June 2016) celebrates the Philippines’ declaration of independence from Spain but Aquino took the opportunity to talk about martial law.


After showing a video that narrating the experience of his familly during the Marcos regime, later PNoy said that “Nangyari na ito. Minsan nang inagaw ng kapwa natin Pilipino ang ating kalayaan. Ibig sabihin, kung hindi tayo magiging mapagmatyag, maaari uli itong mangyari,”.



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(This happened before. Our freedom was once stolen by our fellow Filipinos. This means that if we are not vigilant, it may happen again.) PNoy did not refer to president-elect Rodrigo Duterte but he has earlier warned of the return of dictatorship and the threat to democracy while hinting at the incoming administration.


President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, who once called himself a “dictator,” said that he was in favor of burying the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani, despite opposition by anti-martial law groups.


The vice presidential race was a close fight before Robredo was eventually proclaimed winner by Congress. President-elect Duterte also cited his friendship with Marcos’ son, Senator Bongbong Marcos, for not giving vice president-elect Leni Robredo a Cabinet position. 


During the Vin d’ Honneur, PNoy said that “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,”.


(Now that we are entering a new chapter in our history, let us not forget: Our freedom should be guarded and protected. Everything that is important should be endeavored; should be fought for.)


He also quoted the writer Edmund Burke who said, “All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”

PNoy said the Filipino people has been able to show that it could fight for democracy and restore it.


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“Naabot natin ang lahat ng 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,” PNoy said.


President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has long been criticized by human rights groups, initially because of his links to the infamous Davao Death Squad and now his endorsement of execution of criminals by police and the public.

(We have achieved all that we are enjoying now by respecting the law and the human rights of every person. We were able to do this without oppressing anyone and by giving importance to the freedom fought for by those before us.)

In his toast to the diplomatic corps, PNoy said, “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.” (We continue to stand firm: We won’t achieve real progress if we surrender our dignity and rights.).



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Source: Inquirer.net

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