The current president of the Philippines, President Benigno Aquino III has issued his final New Year message as chief executive. In his statements, Aquino defined his “Daang Matuwid (Straight Path)” anti-corruption taglines a roadmap that would somehow make the country a one trillion dollar economy 15 years from now.
“Our country’s soaring economy, robust democracy, and magnified presence on the global stage not only promise a great start to the coming year but also highlight the Philippines’ ongoing narrative of resurgence under the Daang Matuwid,” Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said.
As the President has done in his past speeches, Benigno Aquino III compares his performance as a president to the former Philippine President who ruled before him, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
“Just a little more than 5 years ago, we faced a future full of despair and uncertainty; reports of plunder, mismanagement, and corruption dominated our headlines. Today, progress, opportunity, and growth fill news about the Philippines both here and abroad,” President Benigno Aquino III said.
“All these we achieved because of our collective resolve to follow the straight and righteous path – a path that transformed damaged public agencies into stronger, more transparent, and responsive institutions; turned a demoralized government workforce into dedicated civil servants; galvanized an apathetic populace into active, empowered nation-builders; and reinvigorated a sluggish business sector into a major driver of economic growth,” he added.
Aquino’s chosen one, who is the Liberal Party standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, have been gaining voters’ preference surveys after the President’s endorsement last July 31.