9 September 2009
Senator Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, on the 40th day death anniversary of his late mother President Cory Aquino, has announced his decision to run for the presidency of the Philippines in the 2010 elections. He made the announcement at the Club Filipino in San Juan where Cory took his oath of office as President of the Philippines in February 1986.
"Tinatanggap ko ang hiling ng sambayanan. Tinatanggap ko rin po ang bilin at habilin, tagubilin ng aking mga magulang. Tinatanggap ko ang responsibilidad na ituloy ang laban para sa bayan. Tinatanggap ko ang hamong mamuno sa labang ito. Bayang Pilipinas, tatakbo po ako sa pagka-pangulo sa darating na halalan. Itutuloy po natin ang laban. Mabuhay ang Pilipinas! Nawa'y pagpalain tayo ng Poong Maykapal! Maraming, maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat!" With those words, amid cheers and acclamation of his supporters gathered at the Club Filipino, Noynoy Aquino accepted the heavy burden of leading a large segment of the Philippine opposition on the road to the presidency and in setting the Philippines on the path to meaningful change.
If he wins in 2010, Noynoy Aquino will be the first bachelor President of the Philippines.
Shalani Soledad, Noynoy's fiancee, was in the crowd at Club Filipino but she kept herself well in the background much like Cory Aquino did when her husband Ninoy held the limelight.
9 September 2009 11:25am
These are GMA news video clips showing Noynoy Aquino making his announcement for a 2010 presidential bid, interviews with Senator Mar Roxas, former Senate President Franklin Drilon and Senator Francis Pangilinan and an ABS-CBN interview of Shalani Soledad covered by GMA News.