Urging Filipinos to keep fighting for a better country, Vice President Leni Robredo paid tribute to former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III on Sunday (August 1), 40 days after his death.
“Kung worth fighting for kami, mas lalo kang worth fighting for," the vice president said. (If we (Filipinos) are worth fighting for, you are all the more worth fighting for). "Worth fighting for ang legacy mo, worth fighting for ang mga prinsipyo mo, worth fighting for ang Pilipinas na pinangarap mo," she added. (Your legacy is worth fighting for. Your principles are worth fighting for. The Philippines you dreamed of is worth fighting for).
Stressing that the best way to honor Aquino is to stand up for the Philippines he envisioned for us, Robredo encouraged Filipinos to keep fighting, despite the hardships the country is facing.
"Ito na rin siguro ‘yung pinakamagandang tribute na puwede nating ibigay kay PNoy: Ang mahanap ang lakas ng loob na tumindig at pandayin ang Pilipinas na pinangarap niya para sa atin," the vice president said. (This is probably the best tribute we can give to PNoy: To find the courage to stand up and forge the Philippines that he dreamt for us.)
"Tayo ang Boss – tayo ang may kakayahan, hindi tayo passive observer lang sa demokrasya, kundi may responsibilidad na makilahok," she added. (We are the Boss – we are capable, we are not just passive observers of democracy, but have a responsibility to participate).
Opposition leader Leni Robredo, is one of the six possible nominees for the top two positions named by the united opposition coalition 1Sambayan last Independence Day. She has yet to officially declare her 2022 plans.
The August 1st service was among 40 masses held across the country to mark the 40 day since Aquino's death, as well as the 12th anniversary of the death of his mother, former President Corazon Aquino, who died on August 1, 2009.
Noynoy Aquino, who served as president from 2010 to 2016, “died peacefully in his sleep” on June 24 at the age of 61 after being hospitalized at the Capitol Medical Center in Quezon City due to renal disease secondary to diabetes. His mother, Cory Aquino served in the post-Martial Law era from 1986-1992.
Ana Catalina Paje is a development journalist passionate about grassroots communication geared towards genuine social change. She also writes about showbiz, lifestyle, and all things Pinoy pride. The views expressed are her own.