President Corazon Aquino marked the completion of 1,000 days in office Monday, assailing her detractors and recounting the achievements of her administration in a bid to recoup her sagging popularity.

Facing growing disenchantment with her government, Aquino blamed right-wing factions for the country's slow economic progress and vowed to speed up prosecution of tax evaders and smugglers."I knew what I had to do," Aquino told government officials, foreign diplomats and reporters invited to a speech marking her 1,000th day in office.

Aquino noted that her government quickly re-established democratic institutions and wrote a new constitution after coming to power in February 1986.