Aquino to critics: Bahala na si Lord sa inyo

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Friday, December 13, 2013

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III on Thursday said he will let God deal with some of his critics who he said continue to nitpick his every move.

The President, speaking before the Filipino community at the National Olympics Memorial Youth Center in Tokyo, Japan, said he will continue to do his job and address the problems brought about by natural and man-made disasters this year.

"Bahala na si Lord sa inyo, busy ako eh," he said.

He also said that as the nation's leader, he cannot give in to despair and hopelessness even if there is temptation to do so.

"Tinanggap kong boluntaryo itong hamon na ito at pagsubok noong ako’y tumakbo bilang inyong Pangulo. Bilang pinuno hindi tayo pwedeng bumigay, hindi tayo pwedeng mawalan ng pag-asa. Maski na napipikon ka na doon sa ibang taong namumulitika pa," said the President who is in Japan for the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit.

Aquino said 2013 had given him a very heavy burden, due to the natural and man-made calamities it brought.

The President said this was a year when the problems from such calamities piled up one after the other, with one problem cropping up even before he could resolve another.

Some of those calamities included the floods brought by monsoon rain earlier this year, the attempted siege by followers of Moro National Liberation Front founding chairman Nur Misuari last September, the magnitude 7.2 quake that devastated Bohol and parts of Central Visayas last October, and super typhoon "Yolanda" (Haiyan) last November.

"Meron na ho tayong Zamboanga, meron pa yung monsoon rains noong ‘Santi’, sinundan ng Bohol at siguro iyon na nga..., bumabangon palang ang Bohol, biglang meron namang ‘Yolanda’ na dinali na naman ng kapiraso ang Bohol," he said.

After Yolanda, he said 240 to 260 transmission towers of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines had collapsed, and some P120 to 130 billion may be needed to rebuild.

However, the President commended the Filipino people for their unwavering spirit. He said many Filipinos at home and abroad, including in Japan, lent a helping hand to those affected by the calamities.

Now, he said many of the affected areas are working to recover. (SDR/Sunnex)

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