MANILA— They were at the Malacañang Museum to learn about the country’s past presidents when outgoing President Benigno Aquino III snuck up to them to say hello.
For a few seconds, the small group of museum guests was startled and speechless—until a few of them managed to squeal when they realized they were face-to-face with President Aquino, the country’s 15th President.
President Aquino himself was giving INQUIRER editors and reporters a tour of the museum as part of an exclusive interview.
“I’ll join you,” a smiling President Aquino said in Filipino. The students and teachers, who were listening to the museum tour guide, turned upon hearing his voice.
Some of them smiled and stared at Mr. Aquino while the girls blurted “Oh my gods!”
Soon, they had their photos taken with the President, who will step down from office at noon on June 30.
Asked if they liked President Aquino, the students said, “Yes po, super!”
With President Aquino and the INQUIRER team were Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Communications Sec. Herminio Coloma, Jr., Socioeconomic Planning Sec. Emmanuel Esguerra, and Communications Usec. Rey Marfil. TVJ