Although not yet a parent himself, President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III has advised the public to practice responsible parenthood, in his third State of the Nation Address.
In his probably most applauded part of the speech, Aquino shifted from boasting of upgrades for PH's education system to taking a stance, although not quite direct, on the highly controversial Reproductive Health Bill.
"Bago matapos ang susunod na taon, ubos na ang minana nating 66,800 na kakulangan sa silid-aralan. Ang minana po nating 2,573,212 na backlog sa upuan, tuluyan na rin nating matutugunan bago matapos ang 2012. Sa taon din pong ito, masisimot na rin ang 61.7 million na backlog sa textbook upang maabot na, sa wakas, ang one is to one ratio ng aklat sa mag-aaral. Sana nga po, ngayong paubos na ang backlog sa edukasyon, sikapin nating huwag uling magka-backlog dahil sa dami ng estudyante. Sa tingin ko po, Responsible Parenthood ang sagot dito," Aquino said, drawing successive cheers and applause.
Earlier, Aquino took a swipe yet again at the his predecessor's administration while boasting of PH wins under his leadership.
Aquino lamented the inefficient budget he had to endure at the start of his office.
"Para po tayong boksingero na isinabak sa laban na nakagapos na ang kamay at paa, kakampi pa ng kalaban ang referee at mga judge," Aquino said.
Aquino noted that under his watch, people are no longer waiting for relief goods during calamities, instead goods come ready for the public. He also boasted of his no "wang-wang" (siren) policy again.
"Ang wang-wang sa lansangan, galing na lang sa pulis, ambulansya, o bumbero-- hindi sa opisyal ng gobyerno. Karaniwan na ito. Ang gobyernong dating nang-aabuso, ngayon, tunay na kakampi na ng Pilipino," said Aquino.
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