- Outgoing president Benigno “PNoy” Aquino III is proud that he is stepping down the post with the country in a better shape than before he sits as president
- He is ready to leave Malacanang with a smile on his face
- Incoming President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte will have his inauguration on June 30 at The Palace
President Benigno Aquino III remains confident on leaving the Philippines in a better position on June 30.
"Nangiti po ako dahil pitong araw na lang po, bababa na ako sa pwesto," Aquino said on during the 118th foundation anniversary of the Department of Foreign affairs where he delivered his last speech as president.
(I smile because after seven short days, I will step down the office.)
"Isang linggo na lang nga po, at matatapos na ang aking termino. Patibayin pa sana natin ang pagkakaisa at nawa'y patuloy nating itaguyod ang ating ambisyon: Ang iwan ang bansa sa di hamak na mas magandang kalagayan kaysa sa atin pong dinatnan," he said.
(One more week and my term is over. Let us strengthen the country’s unity and continue to stand for our ambition to leave the country in a state undoubtedly better than when his administration came in.)
"Hanggang sa huli, isang malaking karangalan para sa aking paglingkuran ang Pilipino at ang Pilipinas."
(Till the last time, it has been a great honor for me to serve the Filipinos and the Philippines.)
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Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma said that the incumbent president is ready to leave Malacanang and that he has finished packing his things.
"Ang batid ko ay matagal nang naumpisahan ito at handang handa na siyang lumisan sa araw ng Huwebes, ika-30 ng Hunyo sa susunod na Linggo," Coloma said.
“I have to lead by example, and we have six years to do everything we can do. My term ends June 30, noon. We have to be able to face the mirror each day and say, ‘We did the maximum’,” PNoy said in an earlier speech.