This is a transcription of the Presidential Forum of the Foreign Correspondence Association of the Philippines held at the Marco Polo Hotel in Ortigas, Pasig, on October 22, 2014.
This is perhaps a significant part of the responsibility you bear as members of the press today: To wield the truth not only as a check against public officials like myself, but also as a beacon of hope for the millions who rely on you. Without doubt, if we all fulfill our individual roles in the grand task of nation building, then we can all propel this country of ours to heights never before seen; together, we can give rise to a Philippines we can be proud to bequeath to future generations.
President Benigno S. Aquino III is delivering a speech at the 2014 Presidential Forum of the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines.
Today, as we salute those who gave their lives here at Red Beach, and as we continue a pilgrimage of memory that began in Bataan and Corregidor, and which culminates in Manila next year, we remember the brave; we mourn the dead; and most of all, we commit to peace as the true legacy of a conflict that should never be repeated, and look to a shared future, founded on the trust we now extend towards each nation of good will, and nourished by the freedom we so cherish.
This October 20, 2014, President Benigno S. Aquino III goes to the MacArthur Landing National Memorial Park, Palo, Leyte, to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Leyte Gulf Landing.
Malinaw po ang direksyon kung saan natin itinitimon ang Pilipinas: Isang bansang malaya sa gulo at peligro; isang bansang maunlad at mapayapa, na binubuo ng mga Pilpinong nabibigyang-lakas para mapasakamay ang masagana’t masiglang buhay, ‘di lamang ngayon, kundi sa mga susunod pang henerasyon. Kaya naman, sa bawat pagsagwan tungo sa katuparan ng misyong ito, samahan ninyo ako. Sulitin natin ang bawat sandali at pagkakataong maialay ang ating oras, lakas, at husay para sa kapwa at bayan, nang sa wakas ay marating na natin ang Pilipinas na matagal na nating inaasam.
The gains we have made in the pursuit of peace show what can be achieved when we are able to restore trust and mutual respect. Indeed: They mirror precisely what the entire Philippines has achieved these past few years, because of a people who have rediscovered their trust in government, a government that is determined to do right by them, one that will continue to stand for them.
It is clear: As your industry discusses how to approach and overcome the challenges that arise, we will also be there, as a constant and steady partner. Government will continue to listen to your concerns and proposals, all to ensure that the Philippines stays a global leader in IT-BPM far into the future.
It is my hope that this session will be productive; that discussions are informed by the wealth of knowledge and experience that each one brings to the table; and that, at the conclusion of this meeting, you return to your homes more determined than ever to find solutions to the challenges that remain. After all, here, we are speaking not of abstract issues or ideas pulled out of thin air; we are speaking of men, women, and children whose lives we can change for the better, who we can empower by cooperating with one another, and by working not just towards a healthier future for our own people, but for the entire world.
Ang pagdalo natin sa Bali Democracy Forum ay patunay sa kahandaan ng Pilipino na makipagtulungan upang makamit ang mas matatag at mas maunlad na rehiyon at komunidad ng mga bansa. Patuloy po nating didiligan at pangangalagaan ang mga ipinunla nating mahusay na pakikipag-ugnayan upang anihin ng susunod na henerasyon ang isang Pilipinas na kabalikat sa kaunlaran hindi lang sa ASEAN kundi sa iba’t ibang panig ng daigdig; masigasig na tagapagtaguyod ng kapayapaan; at modelo ng matatag na demokrasya.