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Philippine Independence Day 2011: PNoy speaks at 113th Philippine Independence Day, leads flag raising ceremony

By on Jun 12, 2011 in Asia, Events, National, Politics Comments

Manila, PhilippinesPhilippine President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III (PNoy) led the flag ceremony today, Sunday, June 12, 2011, celebrating the 113th Philippine Independence Day.

PNoy, leading the ceremony during the celebration
of Philippine Independence Day 2011 (June 12, 2011)

Image Credit: Danny Pata/

As noted at local news sites on Sunday, PNoy made his speech after the flag ceremony at Kawit, Cavite as part of celebrating Philippine Independence Day 2011.

President Noynoy Aquino was joined by some of his cabinet members including Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and Cavite officials led by Cavite Governor Juanito Victor Remulla Jr. and Kawit Mayor Reynaldo Aguinaldo.

“Isandaan at labingtatlong taon na ang nakalipas nang nagtipon ang mga ninuno natin dito sa Cavite, lupaing diniligan ng dugo ng mga bayani, upang ihayag sa mundo: Kahapon ang huling araw na ituturing akong mababang-uri sa tinubuan kong lupa. Ngayong araw, isa akong malayang nilalang ng Maykapal na may karapatang mangarap, at tumungo sa katuparan ng mga ito.” PNoy said on his speech.

(One hundred and thirteen years ago, our ancestors gathered here in Cavite, a land watered with the blood of heroes, to reveal to the world: Yesterday was the last day that I will be treated as a low-class native of my land. Today, I am a free person created by God who has the right to dream, and went to make it a reality.)

“Dito ko ngayon pinipiling kausapin ang taumbayan, Pilipino kaharap ang kapwa malayang Pilipino, sa unang pagdiriwang ng Araw ng Kalayaan sa akin pong administrasyon.” PNoy added.

(Now, I choose this place to talk to my countrymen, Filipino facing fellow free Filipinos, on the first Philippine Independence Day on my administration.)

In addition, PNoy noted that corruption is the reason why Filipinos are poor, and stopping corruption is the only way that Philippines can be called as a free country.

Later, the bachelor president added that it is being free that people can voice out their opinions and even oppose to others’ opinion, citing the pro and anti-RH Bill and on-going 2011 NBA Finals Dallas vs. Miami.

On the latter part, Pnoy stressed out that the time has ended to feel shy about being a Filipino and that Filipinos should be proud of his race, helping his country, the government and his fellow countrymen.

On the same day at Rizal Hall in Malacanang Palace, PNoy also delivered a short speech on the celebration of the 113th Philippine Independence Day.

“My father once said that the Filipino is worth dying for. My mother articulated it again after she won back our democracy: The Filipino is worth living for. I have now committed my life to showing the world the truth that both my parents proclaimed.” PNoy was quoted as saying.

PNoy’s parents are being noted to have played important roles for the freedom against the so-called dictatorship implemented by the late President Ferdinand Marcos.

Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, PNoy’s father, known to have the strongest voice against the Marcos regime, was assassinated on August 21, 1983 at the Manila International Airport (MIA), now called Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

On other hand, Corazon “Cory” Aquino, PNoy’s mother, fought then President Marcos in a snap election on February 7, 1986 and ended through a peaceful People Power, as Cory became the 11th president of the Philippines.

The full transcript of PNoy’s speech during the Philippine Independence Day 2011 can be found at the Official Gazette of the Philippines.

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