HIGH hopes filled the hearts of many Filipinos who witnessed the inauguration of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and Vice President Jejomar Binay Wednesday at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila.
Inaugural address of President Benigno Aquino III
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo formally turned over the governance after Associate Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales administered the oath of office to Aquino. Binay was the first to be sworn into office followed by Aquino.
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The military gave Arroyo a 21-gun salute departure honors and after which, she left the inauguration site and proceeded to her hometown to take her oath as congresswoman of Pampanga’s second district.
Supporters of the new leaders filled the Quirino Grandstand in Manila even the night before the inauguration day.
Reynaldo Cruz, though an avid supporter of Aquino’s closest rival in 2010 elections former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada, said he came all the way from Mindanao just to witness the inauguration ceremony of Aquino.
“Minsan lang kasi ito. I want to be part of history,” Cruz said while he was taking pictures of Aquino. He was among the more than 600,000 people who crowded from Quirino Grandstand to as far as the Rizal monument in Luneta Park.
In his inaugural address, Aquino vowed change to the Filipino people.
“Ang mandato ninyo sa amin ay pagbabago – isang malinaw na utos para ayusin ang gobyerno at lipunan mula sa pamahalaang iilan lamang ang nakikinabang tungo sa isang pamahalaang kabutihan ng mamamayan ang pinangangalagaan," the 15th President said in his 22-minute speech.