Category: Past Speeches [before the 17th Congress]

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

Greetings.

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”

Truth and Courage

Speech at the Commencement Exercises of the Lyceum of the Philippines University, Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City

Four decades ago in 1964 I enrolled and studied in the Lyceum of the Philippines. That’s how we called the university at the time. Straight from high school I wanted to become a lawyer so I could apply as an NBI agent because law enforcement has always been my passion.

In 1967 when I was in my third year, a high school friend who was studying then in Mapua Institute of Technology, requested me to accompany him to take the entrance examination in the Philippine Military Academy. He failed and I passed. The rest, as they say, is history.

Were I to present myself, it would be as a country bumpkin born and raised in a little known town in Cavite.  Continue reading “Truth and Courage”

Speech at the Commencement Exercises of Wesleyan University Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija

All of us may have come from different backgrounds, but I believe we were brought together by a dream. The Wesleyan University Philippines came about because of a dream to build people and make a difference.

Having been elevated to autonomous status just a week ago from being the only educational institution in the province of Nueva Ecija that used to enjoy a deregulated status granted by the Commission on Higher Education makes that dream even more meaningful.

I, on the other hand, was brought here because of a much simpler but nevertheless important dream.  Continue reading “Speech at the Commencement Exercises of Wesleyan University Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija”

Our Responsibility, Our Destiny

Speech at the First Graduation Ceremony of the Teodoro M. Luansing College of Rosario, Batangas

Marami pong salamat sa kinakatawan ng Teodoro M. Luansing College of Rosario para sa paanyaya.

Lagi kong tinatanggap ang pagkakataong bumalik sa Batangas dahil buo ang aking paniniwalang iilan na lang ito sa mga lalawigang kilala sa kanyang paninindigan laban sa mga mapagsamantala sa ating karapatang mamuhay na may dignidad at patas na laban.

In my work as a representative of the people, I have gone around our country many times and talked to a great number of people from all walks of life – none of the blessings and privileges that I have enjoyed over the years would have been possible if not for a simple dream.  Continue reading “Our Responsibility, Our Destiny”

Ang Kahulugan ng Patas na Laban Para sa Lahat

Speech at the Commencement Exercises of the University of Manila

Let me begin with a true story.

Once upon a time there was a poor couple who had eight children and making both ends meet was a constant struggle.

The father was a jeepney driver. And so the wife had to augment the family income by selling dried goods in their town’s public market. There were many times when the couple had to forego their share of the day’s meals because the brood of eight always came first. Even their schooling came ahead of the couple’s basic needs.  Continue reading “Ang Kahulugan ng Patas na Laban Para sa Lahat”

The Nature of Service

Speech at the Kabagis Congress

Good evening.

This is the first time that I will be speaking in front of this audience and I thank former councilor and your Secretary-General Abet Quilala for the opportunity.

Kabagis has always been synonymous with service.  Continue reading “The Nature of Service”

Ipaglaban ang Patas na Laban Para sa Lahat

Speech during the induction of officers of the GSIS Retirees’ Association

Atty. Alfredo Pineda, EVP Leonarda Perez, newly inducted officers, members of the Board of Directors, ladies and gentlemen:

No ifs, no buts. We live in a time of increasing insecurity.

The greatest challenge facing us today is how to guarantee a society that is just, fair and treats each other with respect, rich or poor, influential or not.  Continue reading “Ipaglaban ang Patas na Laban Para sa Lahat”

Don’t Compromise on the Future

Speech during the commencement exercises of Masbate Colleges

Were I to present myself, it would be as a country bumpkin born and raised in a little known town in Cavite.

In my work as a representative of the people, I have gone around the countryside many times and talked to a great number of people of different social, political and economic backgrounds – none of the blessings that I and my seven siblings are enjoying now are possible if not for a dream.

Minsan, nangarap ang dalawang magulang na mapag-aral ang kanilang mga anak.  Continue reading “Don’t Compromise on the Future”