- President Benigno “PNoy” Aquino III is to step down the office in four days, ending his six-year term as chief executive of the Philippines
- But before he does so, the outgoing leader shared his joy with graduating students of Ateneo class of 2016
- His successor is President-elect Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte who won by a landslide during the last May 9 national elections
President Benigno Aquino III shared his joy before the graduating class of Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) on how his ‘bosses’ showcased their appreciation towards him and his service on the eve of Father’s Day a week ago while he was having dinner at a mall.
“Sa palapag na ‘yun, magkakatabi ang mga restawran. May isang mesang bumati agad at nakipagkamay. Maya-maya po, marami nang nagpapalakpakan, pati sa mga katabing mga kainan. Napatanong po ako sa aking sarili: Nagpapalakpakan ba sila dahil sa tuwa sa akin, o masaya silang aalis na ako?,” Mr. Aquino said. The crowd bursted into laughter.
(On that floor, there are a lot of neighboring restaurants. There are people in one table who greeted me and gave me a hand. After that, they clapped, even those in the other restaurants. I asked myself: Did they laugh because they are proud of me or because my term is about to end?)
“Palagay ko po ang tamang sagot: Sa dami ng nagpa-picture, malamang natuwa naman po sila sa’tin,” he added, smiling.
(I believe that the answer is that, considering the number of people who took photos with me, they were happy of our service.)
The outgoing president got his degree on economics from the same university 35 years ago.
“Just speak from your heart; tell of the things that inspired you, sustained you. And perhaps that will in turn inspire and challenge these aspiring young ones to become men and women for others, generous enough to offer their lives for our people,” President quipped, inspiring the youth.