Category: Speeches

Speech at the 5th Founding Anniversary of the PNP Anti-Kidnapping Group

Hayaan ninyong simulan ko ang aking maigsing mensahe sa pamamagitan ng pagbahagi ng mga salita ng pinakamayamang tao sa mundo sa kasalukuyan. Ayon kay Bill Gates: “It’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”

Today, speaking before the PNP’s primary arm against kidnap-for- ransom gangs almost instinctively strikes sentimentality from reflections of decades ago.

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Speech at the PDEA’s Destruction of Seized Dangerous Drugs in Cavite

At the IWWI, Trece Martirez City, Cavite

The Supreme Court has aptly described our nation’s worst crisis issue today, and I quote: “Drug addiction has been one of the most pernicious evils that has ever crept into our society, for those who become addicted to it not only slide into the ranks of the living dead, but even worse, become a grave menace to the safety of law-abiding members of society.”

Marami sa atin marahil ay hindi nakikita ang mas malalim ng dahilan sa pagtitipong ito, dahil hindi lubos na naunawaan ang positibong epekto ng pagsira ng shabu sa umagang ito.

Let’s review our high school math. Ang sisirain natin mamaya, 311.64 kilograms ng shabu na nagkakahalaga ng P435.87 million. Bukod sa nagpapakita ng puspusang pagsisikap ng PDEA at ng mga alagad ng batas para mapuksa ang iligal na droga sa bansa, ay mas malalim pang kahulugan ang maaring nakakaligtaan nating bigyan ng halaga.

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Speech before the Philippine Dental Association

Philippine International Convention Center

Among the traits Filipinos are known for is our ability to wear a smile even in our most trying times – to stand back on our feet even after a disaster, and recover from any adversity.

Today is yet another privilege for me. Not only have my meetings with the Philippine Dental Association been most delightful; it is always pleasant to have an audience with professionals who make possible Filipinos’ pride in their wide, healthy smiles that reflect a genuinely good state of oral wellness.

Quite a decade has passed since we first worked together, but it only seems like yesterday.

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Speech at the Flag-Raising Ceremony in Cainta, Rizal

The Honorable Johnielle Keith Nieto, municipal mayor of this progressive, highly urbanized municipality of Cainta, also known as the Information Technology Capital of Rizal, Vice Mayor Sofia Velasco, former campaign supporter and youth leader and also my former Senate staff (I hope she is still campaigning for me), the councilors, department heads as well as the employees of this blessed municipality.

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Message at the Senate’s Flag-Raising Ceremony

Bilang mga kawani ng gobyerno, tuwing Lunes ng umaga, kapag tayo’y nanunumpa ng katapatan sa watawat ng Pilipinas, sana lagi nating isinasapuso ang diwa ng awiting Lupang Hinirang at pati na ang panunumpa sa ating bandila.

Subali’t sa araw na ito, ilan kaya sa atin ang habang bumibigkas ng mga katagang inuulit natin sa naatasang manguna sa atin sa panunumpa ay inaantok pa o kaya ay binabagabag ng mga problemang iniwan nila sa kani-kanilang mga bahay o dili kaya ay nagngingitngit pa sa galit sa nakagitgitan sa traffic o kaya ay nakasiksikan sa LRT at jeepney kaninang papunta sa Senado? Sino-sino naman kaya ang hanggang ngayon mga nangangarap pa sa mga naka-date kahapon na Araw ng mga Puso?

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Speech at Mirasol Outreach Foundation Inc. Turnover

Concepcion National High School, Busuanga, Palawan


Buddhist philosopher Daisaku Ikeda once said, and I quote: “There are no greater treasures than the highest human qualities such as compassion, courage and hope. Not even tragic accident or disaster can destroy such treasures of the heart.”

One thing is true: we are in an era of new struggles and undertakings of two extremes – climate change and Islamic fundamentalism; threats from natural calamities at the unprecedented scale of Typhoon Haiyan and the shattering of peace through extremist terrorist activities, like the recent horrendous and coordinated attacks in Paris.

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Symposium on the Prevention of Drug Addiction through Responsible Parenthood and Youth Leadership

Speech at Sacred Heart Academy

Mrs. Maxima DR. Castillo, Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs; Ms. Yolanda Villanueva, Assistant Principal for Student Affairs; PSupt. Rodolfo Hernandez, Atty Marian Jo Mercado, students, parents, guests, ladies and gentlemen:

Let me start with a sad quote and two tragic stories of today:

Somebody said not too long ago and I quote: “Sometimes a parent grieves for the loss of a child that is still alive.”  Continue reading “Symposium on the Prevention of Drug Addiction through Responsible Parenthood and Youth Leadership”

Pork Barrel 101

Speech delivered before Philconsa at Manila Golf Club, Makati City


The great Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The world has enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed.”

The country has enough funds to sustain government operations year after year, but always ends up short and resorts to borrowings. There are two reasons for it – greed and corruption.  Continue reading “Pork Barrel 101”

Speech at the PNP Police Community Relations

Camp Crame, Quezon City

Thank you for having me for the second time this year. As always, I am honored to be given the podium and share my insights with you.

As I entered the gate of this historic and once hallowed ground, I couldn’t help but remember the years I spent working with three young Philippine Constabulary lieutenants who I had very little doubt in my mind even at that time, would someday be part of a rich law enforcement history. Well, they did and still do. 2LT Jesus Verzosa, 2LT Magtanggol Gatdula and of course, 2LT Raul Bacalzo – sila ‘yung kung tawagin namin nung mga panahon na iyun ay mga TIG – tig operate, tig huli ng mga suspek, tig gawa ng mga spot reports, tig-imbestiga, at tig etchetera, etcetera.  Continue reading “Speech at the PNP Police Community Relations”

Speech at Turnover of Equipment from PNP Foundation Inc. to PNP Crime Laboratory

For the very first time, since 2001, I feel a sense of belonging to an institution I once served with pride, dignity and honor. For the first time in 10 years I feel the respect accorded to a former chief of the PNP. For nine long years under the previous administration I felt like a viral burden. A bacterium if you will, so hazardous to the careers of police officers that they had to avoid me like a … plague. In many instances I myself refused even eye contact with my former officers, mindful that their careers and assignments would very well be put at risk.  Continue reading “Speech at Turnover of Equipment from PNP Foundation Inc. to PNP Crime Laboratory”