MANILA — President Aquino joined a largely Liberal Party (LP) gathering showing his full support to Interior Secretary Mar Roxas.
Malacanang did not announce the President’s attendance to the meeting of the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (Ulap) held in Greenhills, San Juan.
“But I said I have to be at this event because (this shows) that this early, we are already making a stand on where we will be headed,” the President said.
During his impromptu speech, President Aquino said that he never expected that he will be retiring early.
“A lot of you were with me when I was stepping up (to the presidency) and next year, I will be stepping down. Never in my life did I think that I would retire at 56,” Aquino said in Filipino.
“But if you are the ones I am with, you who joined me in treading the straight path for so long no matter how difficult it was, my conscience is clear when I think that I could retire and just act as a great assistant to all of you,” Aquino added.
He also took a swipe at his critics adding that he is waiting for those who are promising reforms to present concrete ways of achieving their “abstract idea.”
“Until now, I am waiting for them to say how. It’s very easy to make promises,” the President said.
“But us, we are telling the people how their lives would be better,” he added.