Being President not the easiest job: Aquino

MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III admitted on Friday that being the leader of the country is not the easiest job in the world as he prayed for protection from his enemies.

In his message during the "2013 Care for Philippines Prayer Assembly at the Global Discipleship Congress" held at the Christ Commission Fellowship Auditorium, Frontera Verde Drive, in Pasig City, the Chief Executive said that aside from taking care of the welfare of the more than 92 million Filipinos in the country, he has to look also on the welfare of the 10 million Filipinos abroad.

"So my friends, being President of this country is not exactly the easiest job in the world. We have about 10 million Filipinos elsewhere. Chances are if there's an incident that happens anywhere in the world, there would be a Filipino directly involved," the President said.

"And let me give you some examples of the problem, early on in this administration, there was a flare up in the Korean Peninsula, which is unfortunately turning into a regular occurrence," he said.

The government is mandated to ensure the safety and protection of 50,000 Filipinos in South Korea and nine nationals in North Korea, the President noted.

After the South Korean warship sunk in April 2010, the President said his administration had to address the plight of the 50,000 Filipinos there despite of the government's limited resources.

Aquino said the administration continues to hurdle the challenges to be able to improve the lives of the Filipinos here and abroad.

"You might think that I'm complaining about the job, but I guess, I just really want to impart to you, in the lightest way possible, that there are difficult burdens in this particular job especially when you don't want to be just taking your turn in the merry-go-round that leads nowhere, but when you want to lead the people towards the rightful place in the sun and be part of transformative phase," he said.

The President also noted the need to seek God's intervention to lead the country to achieve progress.

In a brief prayer that he made during the event, Aquino sought for wisdom as he does his work daily.

"We admit we are not perfect. We ask for your wisdom as we endeavor to daily make your kingdom apparent in this world. Lastly, we ask that you shield us from our enemies as we endeavor to do your work," he said.

"I agree prayer is indeed a very, very, very efficient weapon and tool, and really the source of our strength," he said. (SDR/Sunnex)


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