President Benigno Aquino III said he is working hard to make nephew Bimby Yap’s dream come true, but he also challenged the child actor to help make Philippines a better country.
With the same somber tone he uses to address the public, Aquino appeared in a video aired on his sister’s morning talk show “Kris TV” to greet Bimby Friday as he turns seven April 19.
“I heard that for your birthday, you wished for world peace and for every Filipino to be rich,” the President told Kris Aquino’s son with her estranged husband and athlete James Yap.
“I want you to know that the vast majority of our countrymen who are older than your generation are trying very hard to make your wishes come true,” Aquino added.
He added that he and his government are working hard to “make the country safer and to make sure that we give the poor the help they need.”
His message was shown only a day after Pulse Asia reported that Aquino’s trust and approval scores dipped slightly despite recent positive developments.
Aquino also urged his nephew to develop himself to the fullest. “This will help you achieve many things in your life,” he said. Bimby recently starred in a film produced by his mother.
“When you grow up, it is you and the rest of your generation who will have the responsibility of making the Philippines an even greater country than it is now,” the President said.
He ended on a more playful note, however, as he teased Bimby about the doughnuts the 7-year-old promised him. “I am looking forward to eating them with you. Happy birthday, Bimby!”
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