President Benigno Aquino III said yesterday he is honored to have been included by the prestigious TIME Magazine in this year’s list of "100 Most Influential People in the World."
The President, however, said he owes this recognition more to the Filipino people who continuously support the programs of his administration that apparently helped put the country in a much better light.
“How do I feel? Honored, of course!" he said.
The TIME 100 list is categorized into five: Titans, Leaders, Artists, Pioneers and Icons. President Aquino is in this year's Leaders list—his first appearance since he assumed office.
Aquino stressed the recognition of the entire Filipino nation is more important to him. “I’m just the face,” he said.
Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said TIME’s article is a “recognition of the true grit” that characterizes the President’s “leadership, optimism, dynamism, and renewed pride which has restored the standing of our nation in the eyes of Filipinos and the world.”
“Aquino was recognized for stabilizing and invigorating the economy, for his leadership in pushing vital legislation such as the Reproductive Health and Responsible Parenthood law, as well as his bravery and regional leadership in asserting our national sovereignty in the West Philippine Sea," Lacierda said in a statement.
"We take pride in how the ideas of good governance and inclusive growth that are the major thrusts of the Aquino presidency resonate not just with Filipinos but with the entire world. This is especially relevant today, as countries all over are trying to become more inclusive economically, politically, and even culturally, Aquino is already doing it in the Philippines," he also said.*PNA
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