I heard from a little bird that someone notable will be writing the speech to be delivered by President-Elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III in his inauguration as 15th President of the Republic. From what I know about this noted person, it might be prudent to highlight certain requirements made public about the nature of this speech-to-be.
What better place to find these requirements than a report released by the Aquinos’ big-bucks publicist:
MANILA, Philippines—President-elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III wants a simple inauguration and his speech will be short but “encompassing.”
Hmmmm, short but encompassing…
Hey I can do that. And do that I just did.
Here, Mr President, is my unsolicited draft for your consideration:
My fellow Filipinos:
I stand before you today humbled by the mandate you have given me to lead you in the coming six years. Through that mandate you had expressed your “hope” for a better Philippines. It is a “hope” that was first kindled by the murder of my father twenty seven years ago and, by the time my mother became President three years after, fanned into a raging flame by the same passion you all had exhibited over the course of the campaign. The obvious parallels between the “miracle” that is the advent of the Second Aquino Administration today and my mother’s ascent to the Presidency in 1986 — both of which were propelled by the same passion — is beautifully done justice by the words of my good pal Conrado de Quiros in describing this “miracle” as “an Edsa masquerading as an election“.
But campaign rhetoric is for campaigns — a chapter in our history I hereby close today. I stand before you now as President of our proud Republic. As such, the job at hand is a tough one — indeed, it has been called the toughest job in the land. And I now face it not with the heart of a salesman, as I have in the last six to eight months, but with the fortitude of a STATESMAN — what befits a true leader of the Filipino people. For it is only with statesmanship that I can give substance to the hope you harboured as you marked Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III on your ballot in May of this year. And it is only through statesmanship that I can motivate those who marked a different name on their ballot to work with us in defining and achieving what we envision the Philippines of 2016 to look like.
For now, I would like to leave you with two things, (1) my heartfelt thanks to all who have supported my candidacy and (2) an invitation to all who provided healthy competition to this candidacy to join us in our efforts to build a strong nation.
Mabuhay ang Pilipino
There is much to be said but little that can be articulated at this point. And I believe the above pretty much encompasses what the Second Aquino Administration needs to step up to over the next 100 days — a period that is traditionally seen to be a showcase of what will ultimately define the rest of the term.
Good luck, Chief. By no means was I a big contributor to your campaign, but hey, I have faith in you being stately enough to see past that.
Hail to the Chief!