To all MAGDALO staff and Emilians,

Today is June 30, 2010…and a new dawn begins tomorrow.

On this day, the entire country saw the winner of the recent national elections, Sen Benigno Aquino III, take his oath as the 15th President of the Republic of the Philippines.

His election signalled the outburst of hope for a country still reeling from nine years of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and his takeover of the country’s highest post is the end-result of the people’s right to vote that they expressed on May 10.

Aquino’s inaugural address was full of optimism, bravery, the desire for change and the determination to put our country back on its feet. However, he warned that a lot of hard work and cooperation is still needed from each and every one of us over the next six years.

What does that mean for us at MAGDALO? A lot actually.

Six years ago, our country entered another period of darkness, the advent of which later came to light with Hello Garci, while at the same time, our publication lay in tatters but was later populated by staff members who desired to give Emilians back their voice after a year of pain.

Six years later, the Philippines is set to enter an uncertain period, but one filled with bright prospects under the helm of one man who is eager to serve the people he has now called his “bosses.” On the other hand, one man who has destroyed the careers of several young Emilians has begun another year as the publication’s adviser…with much blood on his hands, a diminished credibility he refuses to admit, and a warped sense of journalistic prowess.

If there is to be any reconciliation, P-Noy has the perfect message for this:

if they mean that they would like us to simply forget about the wrongs that they have committed in the past, we have this to say: there can be no reconciliation without justice.

As a new day begins, we, the sons and daughters of the Red Scroll, wish President Noy all the best in leading our people and stand with him in uplifting our country. Even if they are now in Heaven, Mr President, we know your parents are proud of what you have done and have much confidence in your abilities. It is also time for you to become your own man.

Good luck, P-Noy, and remember, hindi ka nag-iisa.

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