Tag: Rotary Club

Where We Are

Speech before the Rotary Club of Manila

I feel honored today. It is good to be with you again. After all, it is not every week that one is given the chance to speak before the oldest of the countryโ€™s Rotary Clubs โ€“ certainly not the kind that Spokesman Toting Bunye has insulted. ย I mean that to be the truth โ€“ not the truth that Malacanan Palace speaks and expresses each time we, Filipinos seek an explanation on Garcillano, on impeachment, on Venable and what have you.I feel honored today. It is good to be with you again. After all, it is not every week that one is given the chance to speak before the oldest of the countryโ€™s Rotary Clubs โ€“ certainly not the kind that Spokesman Toting Bunye has insulted. ย I mean that to be the truth โ€“ not the truth that Malacanan Palace speaks and expresses each time we, Filipinos seek an explanation on Garcillano, on impeachment, on Venable and what have you.

The invitation of President Cesar made through fellow Rtn. Art to be your guest speaker today brings back good memories. This is the group to whom I delivered my first major address when I became Chief of the Philippine National Police in November 1999. I remember that was upon the invitation of a good friend and mentor and now a Senator and a distinguished colleague, the Hon. Alfredo S. Lim.

It was easy then to deliver my speech. There was a strong clamor for reforms in our countryโ€™s police force. In that address before you, I defined my response and vision. I remember talking about the ICUโ€™s among the police โ€“ the inept, corrupt and undisciplined. At that time, I was already thinking of my antidote against the ICUโ€™s. It was AID โ€“ aptitude, integrity, discipline.ย  Continue reading “Where We Are”

National Security

Speech Before the Rotary Club of Downtown Batangas

It always feels good to be with my fellow Rotarians. Even though I have not been as active when I was in Cebu, the saying goes perpetual right: Once a Rotarian, always a Rotarian.ย  Continue reading “National Security”

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.ย  Continue reading “After EDSA II Reflections”

Of Sacred Cows and Cash Cows

Speech before the Rotary Club-Hiyas ng Bacoor, Heritage Hotel, Pasay City

I would like to thank all of you for your very kind invitation. There is no second home to me other than the company of fellow Rotarians. You and I make mankind our business to serve and protect. Without fear, without favor.ย  Continue reading “Of Sacred Cows and Cash Cows”