June 30, 2010, 12:01 pm. A president is no more, long live the President! With Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III sworn in, the 9-year reign of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo ended and a democratic-minded administration once again holds the reins of power.
Political reform, especially the return of the rule of law, justice for all, and reconciliation based on justice, seems to form the first impression of the new government. Centering on the issue of corruption, the new president highlighted the appointments of erstwhile chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights Leila de Lima as Secretary of Justice and former chief justice of the Supreme Court Hilario Davide, Jr. as the head of a special anti-corruption commission, respectively.
The anti-poverty theme was also given attention, with the new president unveiling a new program on job creation, income generation, universal health care, access to quality education, and more infrastructure to address the needs of the poor. The political reforms were also touted as linked to these economic reforms.
Bringing the people into the hall of governance and stressing its own transparency and closeness with the people is another hallmark of the inaugural speech of the new president. Invoking the democratic legacy of his parent, President Aquino vowed to adhere to the democratic ideals, stressing his own contributions would be in bringing the benefits of democracy to all the people.
High hopes, high expectations, high promises. The P.Noy administration looks all set to do battle for the country, nation and people. If only for this, it is proper to give him the space to defuse the political landmines his predecessor left behind, start his own reform agenda, and achieve initial but clear results.
100 days are too short for a honeymoon. Let’s give the Aquino administration at least one year of undistracted, benevolent, and proactive attention. Congratulations, President Noynoy.