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:
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”→
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 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.
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.
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”→
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”→
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.