💬 The Incredible Hulk (Chapter One)

Mr. President, Distinguished colleagues in the Senate of the Republic:Mr. President, Distinguished colleagues in the Senate of the Republic:

I rise today on a matter of personal and collective privilege.

It has been more than two years since this representative was pilloried before media through accusations so vile and propaganda most vicious. So vile and vicious in fact that this chamber of peers took notice, conducted investigations complete with nationally televised public hearings and just recently, unveiled on this floor a committee report which would give the public the impression that my detractors were somehow right.  Continue reading “💬 The Incredible Hulk (Chapter One)”

Isipin ang Kinabukasan

Speech before the Graduating Students of Occidental Mindoro National College (Mamburao Campus), Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro

I want to thank President Sofronio Sanqui for creating this very inspiring opportunity. I am very inspired to see you all today – the parents, the teachers, and the graduating students.

When parents combine with teachers, our children see things happen. When teachers, parents, and students combine, our children can make things happen. Not only for the teachers and the schools, not only for the parents their families, but also – and more importantly for the children themselves and their future.

What lies behind – during those four years of college studies – is very important. There is something more important, though. And that is what lies ahead.  Continue reading “Isipin ang Kinabukasan”

Enough!

Speech before the Fraternity/Sorority Grand Night Epsilon Sigma Lambda Phi, Rembrant Hotel

First of all, I would like to thank you for inviting me to this gathering. Just a bit of a warning, though.

Yesterday, I was in Lucena City to address the two thousand graduates of Quezon National High School. I was told I almost did not make it to be their commencement speaker. A week before yesterday, a representative of Mrs. Gloria-Macapagal Arroyo threw her weight around and harassed the school officials to change their speaker.

This has become an ugly pattern. In many places where I was invited, either the President herself or her known representatives intimidated or showed disgust over my presence.  Continue reading “Enough!”

Be The Best

Speech Before the Graduating Students of Palawan State University, Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Dr. Teresita Salva, President, Palawan State University – our beloved Alma Mater, Dr. Erlinda Ganapin, VP for Academic Affairs and Registrar, Professor Noli Corpuz, Secretary of the University and the Board of Regents, other Administration officials, the Deans, members of the faculty, the graduating members of Class 2003, parents, relatives and friends of the graduates, guests, ladies and gentlemen…

Before anything else, I wish to thank you for conferring on me the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws. I will treasure this honor for the rest of my life, reminding me always that protection of the university’s proud and time-honored tradition of excellence is now both my responsibility and obligation.

Again, my sincere thanks and gratitude.  Continue reading “Be The Best”

Leadership Excellence and Dedicated Service

Speech Before Davao Jaycees, Davao City

I cannot but begin to say how grateful I am for your very kind invitation. Any invitation from the Jaycees is one I long for. I feel honored and inspired. After the Philippine Jaycees recognized me with a “Ten Outstanding Policemen of the Philippines” award in 1998, I have always felt like a Jaycee myself. Maraming salamat sa inyong lahat.

This is an induction of officers. It is an inauguration of new leadership. To all of you, please accept my heartfelt congratulations.

More than anytime in our country’s history, this is a time when people are taking a harder look at what the government is doing or not doing. People are looking for leadership to allay their fears. If they find none, disillusionment looms and desperation lurks. Then, they feel lost without leadership. And, the nation suffers.  Continue reading “Leadership Excellence and Dedicated Service”

Terrorism: A World Plague

Speech Delivered Before Student Forum, San Sebastian College

First, allow me to thank you for the invitation. I always find pleasure talking to students. It gives me opportunity to learn and refresh my own idealism. The youth is always a source of optimism and hope especially at this time when hope is just about what is left in our country. It is optimism that we badly need in this time of threat to peace and stability.

I cannot help but feel nostalgic about my own time as a young student.

Looking back, I do not remember having seriously entertained wearing the military or police uniform. When I was your age, I wanted to be a lawyer and had looked forward to become an NBI agent.  Continue reading “Terrorism: A World Plague”

A Fact, A Truth and A Story

Speech Before the Cavite Association of Southern California, Marriott Hotel, Torrance, California, USA

I am here in Southern California for two reasons – One, to be with my province mates and kababayans from the proud and historic province of Cavite on the occasion of their induction officers and fellowship, and two, to confront the case filed by a Philippine National Police Handcuff Supplier against me with the Superior Court of Alameda County in San Francisco. I came here to prove that due process of law and justice are two of the most important foundations in a civilized and democratic society like the United States of America, as they are in the Philippines. I vow to prove that I did the right thing in protecting the interest of the Filipino Taxpayers by not honoring a contract grossly disadvantageous to the government of the Republic of the Philippines.  Continue reading “A Fact, A Truth and A Story”

PHALTRA

Speech Before the Philippine Association of Local Treasurers and Assessors

I know why you have invited me today. You want my support to your proposal to amend certain provisions of the Local Government Code of 1991. I want to assure you now of my support.

I have two suggestions to make, though. One, please share with me during the open forum the details of your proposal. I will be asking some questions. Two, form a dedicated working group from PHALTRA to sit down with my staff. In the meantime, I will inform Senator Aquilino Pimentel of our discussions. He is the father of Code. And he is committed to improve it before he bows from Senate.

If you agree with my proposal, then lend me your ears for a few minutes. I have a very important message to deliver. I said this message to the Rotarians of Batangas yesterday. I want to share it also with you.  Continue reading “PHALTRA”

After EDSA II Reflections

Speech Before Rotary Club of Biak-na-bato and other Rotary Clubs of Rotary District 3780, Greenhills

Thank you very much for your very kind invitation.

Assistant Governor Danilo Espinosa and President Porfirio Belgica were considerate enough to suggest the topic that I would discuss with you. That is as it should be in every speaking opportunity.

Again, thank you very much.  Continue reading “After EDSA II Reflections”