STA. CRUZ, MANILA - President Aquino gave his shortest speech yet as a politician during Monday's launch of a mass immunization program of the Department of Health.
Aquino ditched the teleprompter and said that his speech won't be long.
"Kung gusto po niyong tignan ang mga relo niyo, palagay ko po ito isa sa pinakamagiging maikling talumpati ko simula nang tayo’y naging pulitiko," he said at the beginning of his speech, which drew laughter from the crowd at the launch of the DOH "Ligtas sa Tigdas at Polio Kampanya para sa Mass Immunization."
The President said that he wanted to say only a few words since the time should be spent on work.
"Oras po ng trabaho at hindi po ng daldal itong mga araw na ‘to, itong mga oras na ‘to, kaya palagay ko ididiin ko lang ang ilang mga punto," he said.
The President spoke briefly about the importance of government's immunization campaign to protect children against polio virus and German measles.
He said the campaign intends to provide prevention of polio and German measles diseases to children to avoid unnecessary complications and expenses on the part of Filipino families.
He appealed to parents to support the campaign, which targets around 11 to 13 million Filipino children.
The President's speeches usually last about several minutes to about half an hour, interjected by his usual humor, swipes against critics or a blind item against a personality.
His latest speech was only three paragraphs long.