As partners who have worked together, though perhaps indirectly, for centuries, to preserve democracy and its fruits, the Philippines and France can continue to stand together, working towards the benefit of our citizens and of the entire world, through a renewed commitment to the values our nations hold dear: liberty, equality, and fraternity.
President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers a speech and answers questions from the audience at a forum organized by the French Institute for International Relations (IFRI), in Paris.
President Aquino: “Indeed, our country’s momentum is stronger than it has ever been in recent memory, and we will not sit idly by; we will build on this momentum. I am here today to invite all of you to be part of our story—take a closer look at our country, study our prospects, and ultimately, take part in the Philippine renaissance that continues to win the admiration of the world.”
Sa sabay-sabay nating paghakbang pasulong, sa bawat ambag nina Juan at Juana dela Cruz para sa kapwa at bayan, sa bawat desisyong piliin ang tuwid—lalo nating pinatutunayang “the Filipino is worth fighting for.” Higit tayong napapalapit sa katuparan ng kolektibo nating mga pangarap. Ito na nga po ang pinakahihintay nating pagkakataon. Sa patuloy nating pagtutulungan, paglaon ay sama-sama nating lilingunin ang mga panahong ito at sasabihing: “Naging bahagi ako ng transpormasyon ng lipunan; nakilahok ako sa pagsusulong ng bansa at ng sambayanang Pilipino.”
The President meets with the Filipino community in France at the Chapelle Sainte Bernadette, Paris.
Mr. President, we look to a future of deeper cooperation—one which will realize our peoples’ greatest potentials.
I am confident that we will continue to build on the successes of our relations, and work even harder in achieving that vision of mutual progress, inclusiveness, and greater understanding that we share for our peoples.
Allow me to express the gratitude for the excellent arrangements the staff and officers of the European Council have made in this second meeting of ours. This engagement, I believe, is all the more meaningful as we mark 50 years of friendship between the Philippines and the European Union—a partnership, which as I have conveyed to President Barroso, has had a very positive impact on the lives of my countrymen.
This visit comes at an opportune time, as the Philippines and the European Union commemorate 50 fruitful years of friendship that has had a very positive impact on the lives of our countrymen.
Our cultures and our religions normally talk about caring for our fellowman. Does it not only make practical sense that, in the pursuit of growth, we also necessarily count on the growth of our partners? Hence, regardless of where we are in the stage of development, even with our limited resources, we must help one another.
The world has taken notice of our efforts. As it turns out, all investors needed to see was a government dedicated to integrity and public service. We do not have to look beyond the area of public-private partnerships, in order to see the transformation that has taken place in industry.