- Oh hell here we go again. But then again, what's new no? ;)
Undecided Aquino to seek �divine guidance�
> By Maila AgerRegards,
> First Posted 17:49:00 09/02/2009
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> MANILA, Philippines�(UPDATE 2) Senator Benigno �Noynoy�Aquino III has again
> deferred his decision on joining the presidential race, saying he still
> needed to pray for �discernment and divine guidance.�
> Aquino issued the statement at a press conference Wednesday, a day after
> Senator Manuel �Mar� Roxas made a surprise announcement that he was backing
> out of the 2010 presidential contest to give way to Aquino.
> But Aquino vowed never to turn his back on the challenge.
> �I�ll never turn my back on this fight. And I hope you�ll join me in this
> fight,� he said.
> Aquino said he needed to go into a spiritual retreat this weekend to seek
> divine guidance on his 2010 plans.
> �As I pray for discernment and divine guidance, I urge you to pray with me
> so that you too can assess your own readiness to take part in the difficult
> struggle ahead. We are in this together,� he said.
> Calls mounted for Aquino to run following the death of his mother, former
> president Corazon Aquino on August 1. People across the country mourned her
> passing and hundreds of thousands turned up to pay their last respects for
> the country�s �Icon of Democracy.�
> Soon, grief turned into a campaign for the younger Aquino to continue his
> mother�s endeavors for democracy and good governance.
> His family however remained apprehensive about the idea of his running for
> the highest post in the land.
> �In the remaining days of mourning for our beloved mother, I would strive
> to sincerely answer this question,� Senator Aquino said.
> He then recalled how his father, martyred senator Benigno Aquino Jr.,
> fought the corrupt and brutal rule of Ferdinand Marcos, and how his mother
> continued the battle to regain democracy in this country.
> �Ngayung umatras muli ang ating bayan patungo sa bangin ng kapahamakan,
> panahon muli upang manindigan, panahon ding maghanda para sa isang mas
> mahaba at matinding laban kung saan walang bibitiw hanggang makamit natin
> ang pagbabagong ating hinahangad� Aquino said.
> But Aquino did not let the occasion pass without commending Roxas for
> giving up his presidential ambition for him.
> Aquino said Roxas� sacrifice was �the finest example of selflessness that
> our nation solely needs in this morally troubled times.�
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