21 August 2009
On the occasion of the 26th death anniversary of his late father Benigno S. Aquino, Jr., Senator Noynoy Aquino flatly rejected President Arroyo's plan to built a monument for the senator's late mother, President Cory Aquino.
Speaking before a large crowd gathered around Ninoy's monument at the corner of Paseo de Roxas and Ayala Avenue, Noynoy uttered these words which were not in his original prepared speech, "Konting bato, konting semento, Monumento!"
And then, what followed in his remarks is quoted in this ABS-CBN website article entitled Noynoy rejects Palace offer for Cory monument:
"(Mag)tatayo po tayo ng monumento, pero hindi naman natin susundin ang adhikain sa isang matinong pamamalakad sa gobyerno. Eh wala hong silbi ang monumento iyan."
Clearly, what Noynoy is saying is that true monuments are lodged in the heart and expressed by proper emulation of a hero's example.
"Mas matutuwa Nanay ko ho kung susundan n'ya yung tinatawag na pamamalakad na magpapakita ng good governance hindi itong politics of survival."
"Meron kang monumento, hindi naman siya gagawa, i-inagurate niya lang, pagkatapos ho no'n pa'no?"
and then he explained:
"Ang isyu naman ho dito ... EDSA 2 promised a change in governance from that which it replaced but unfortunately, we have not seen that ... there has been a worsening."
More on this story in this report by Sherry Ann Torres courtesy of GMANews.tv: