President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III was at the Barasoaion Church in Malolos, Bulacan to mark the 114th anniversary of the Philippines' declaration of independence.
Aquino, in a speech made at the event, took the opportunity to again talk about the conviction of former chief justice Renato corona at the Senate impeachment court.
"There were some officials who blatantly violated the law, and just as blatantly escaped accountability. The Constitution that was meant to be the refuge of the common citizen became a plaything in the hands of those who wielded power with impunity. They acted as if they held the blindfold of justice in their hands, as if they were licensed to amend, reduce, change, and distort our Constitution," he said.
He added Corona's ouster is just part of reforms within the government. Those reforms include providing jobs “to our thrust to ensure justice for all; from the reconstruction of our social systems, to the responsible allotment of our funds.”
"True democracy for all Filipinos: this is the essence of our Constitution; this is the lifeblood of our free State. Cognizant of the mandate enshrined in our Constitution, we will not allow it to be infected, sullied or used by anyone who seeks only to best his fellow men, or wallow in power," the President said.
He also called on the nation to work together for Philippine development. "With heads held high, we will forge on towards a Philippines free not only from the clutches of foreign oppression, but also and more importantly, from corruption, hunger and injustice," the President said.
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