Forty days after former President Corazon “Cory” Aquino died, her only son, Sen. Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III, vowed to resurrect the kind of leadership and governance she has left if the Filipino nation will elect him as President in 2010.
Although Cory would have wanted her son to finish his term as a senator, Noynoy said it was the public’s clamor that strongly convinced him to finally represent the Liberal Party as its standard-bearer in next year’s presidential election.
“Tinatanggap ko ang hiling ng sambayanan. Tinatanggap ko ang habilin 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 eleksyon sa 2010,” Aquino affirmed his presidential plans in an early morning press conference at the Kalayaan Hall of Club Filipino in San Juan City, the same venue where his mother had her historic oath-taking in 1986.