Aquino praises NGOs

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President Benigno Aquino III. AFP FILE PHOTO

After over two years in power, President Benigno Aquino has been struck by this realization: when you’re with the opposition, it’s easy to nitpick, but very hard to propose solutions.

Addressing the Caucus of Development NGO Network (Code NGO), the President on Thursday praised nongovernment organizations (NGOs) for keeping the spirit of Edsa People Power I, and serving as  a “pillar for good governance” in the administration.

“You’re our eyes against anomalies; ears for our country’s problems, and the voice of our marginalized sectors. In fact, some government officials came from your sector,” he said at the national congress of Code NGO in SM City, Quezon City. The speech was aired over government-run radio.

Mr. Aquino then acknowledged Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman, and Secretary Teresita Deles, presidential adviser on the peace process, and cited their significant contributions to the government.

Years ago, the Code NGO was embroiled in a controversy over the sale of P1.8 billion in Poverty Eradication and Alleviation Certificate (PEACe) Bonds. Its officials said the transaction was legal and transparent.

“I have just one wish: when you engage in dialogue let’s make sure we’re contributing sensible points, instead of making brownie points like other people. We can’t keep on criticizing, yet keep our mouth shut when it comes to solving problems,” he said.

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  • Maldi2

    After over two years in power, President Benigno Aquino has been struck
    by this realization: when you’re with the opposition, it’s easy to
    nitpick, but very hard to propose solutions. 

    What a fitting description.  Panot has learned now.  At the time of GMA, he and his mom were one of those critics (after GMA ordered HLI distribution).  And now he pails the pain of being criticized. bwahahahahaha!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5QJUD47DAPM2Y5J3AEMCE2C624 John TWT

    Good governance means FOI Bill without ridiculous right to reply.
    Walk the talk Mr President.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QZZKXPEA67I7HELEIYM35QVYFA Jon

    “I have just one wish: when you engage in dialogue let’s make sure we’re
    contributing sensible points, instead of making brownie points like
    other people”

    Like your campaign promise to immediately pass the FOI bill?

  • Rally sa Chinese Embassy

    Di ba nangurakot ng P1.8 billion yung CODE-NGO? Lolz.

  • disqusted0fu

    if Aquino will take some time to reflect on everything he said here, he will get struck by this realization: dang, i was talking about myself.  practice what you preach mr. president.

    and by the way…

    Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman, and Secretary Teresita Deles = KKK

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4EKSPU6WJ2RCLRXCYUU5YEGHFY Nani

    Code NGO was involved in P1.8B corruption and now P-Noy blesses the culprit. Birds of the same feather flock together indeed.

  • rocintx

    is this a two family thing again? just every time i start reading something stupid i cant finish reading it—-lmao

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