Aquino asks nation for support during SONA

By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

July 28, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – President Bengino Aquino III gave an emotional plea to the Filipino people to trust its government.

President Aquino choked up as he talked about how his parents fought for democracy and how he would not let his critics and detractors take away from his administration’s achievements.

“Wala pa tayo sa puwesto, inaatake na tayo,” said the president. “Sanay na tayong sinalubong na negatibong komentarismo sa almusal, pang-aalipusta sa pananghalian, insulto sa hapunan, may intriga pa bilang midnight snack.”

During his State of the Nation Address on Monday in Manila, Aquino called on the nation to support his reforms as he faces his most challenging times in office.

The Supreme Court recently declared parts of his P145 billion peso economic stimulus fund illegal.

Aquino stressed economic gains through his Disbursement Acceleration Program or DAP, saying it provided over 220,000 students with scholarship to the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority or TESDA.

Aquino says more than 60 percent of TESDA graduates are now employed. He says an additional 1.65 million Filipinos were able to find jobs as of April 2014.

President Aquino also praised various infrastructure gains during his administration saying that it was able to sign and award projects worth P62 billion from 2011 to 2014, which included the building of roads, schools and airports.

Aquino also boasted of his administration’s speedy relief and rescue efforts to three major disasters: the Zamboanga City siege in September, the 7.2-magnitude quake in Bohol in October, and the super typhoon Yolanda in November.

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