Friday, January 15, 2016

Papal Nuncio praises President Aquino’s leadership during

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Papal Nuncio praises President Aquino’s leadership during ‘Vin d’Honneur’ January 15, 2016
Papal Nuncio and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, Archbishop Guiseppe Pinto, praised President Benigno S. Aquino III during the Vin d’Honneur in Malacañang on Thursday as he recognized the administration’s strides in uplifting the lives of Filipinos, improving the economy, and addressing climate change.

The President on Thursday hosted his last New Year’s Vin d’Honneur at the Palace’s Rizal Hall.

“Mr. President, the concerted efforts of your administration to give more jobs and opportunities to individuals and families is your answer to their aspirations, as you affirmed in your last State of the Nation Address,” Archbishop Pinto said in his toast.

“Our commitment is to ensure that no one is left behind. Dedication to the cause of peace, especially in Mindanao, reduction of the effects of global warming and climate change, as well as continuous efforts to promote justice and common good are among the most noble objectives of your government.”

The year 2015 was historic for the Philippines, which successfully hosted the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit that showcased not only the renowned Filipino hospitality but also the government’s capacity to host such an important global meeting of leaders, the Papal Nuncio said.

He thanked President Aquino, Acting Secretary of Foreign Affairs Laura del Rosario, and other collaborators for their valuable cooperation in the fulfillment of the diplomatic corps’ mission.

Archbishop Pinto also reminded the attendees that January 15 (Friday) marks the anniversary of the Apostolic Journey of Pope Francis in the Philippines.

“It was the Pope’s embrace of faith and hope to the Filipino people reciprocated with enthusiasm and the affection by the people in the streets and parks, in churches and universities, as well as in the modest homes of the victims of the typhoons, especially in Tacloban and Palo,” he said.

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