The President honors the Peacekeepers of the 7th Philippine Contingent to the Golan Heights.
President Aquino: “Last week, I stood inside the United Nations Headquarters in New York to add the Philippines’ voice to what has become a universal call to action: We, as one world, must come together against climate change.”
Ang pinakamatamis na bahagi ng ating biyahe ay ang makita ang mga ngiti ng kapwa natin Pilipino sa ibang bansa kapag naririnig nila ang magagandang balitang nangyayari sa Pilipinas. Inilatag po natin sa kanila ang transpormasyong tinatamasa na ng ating bansa: mula sa pagbasag sa baluktot na kalakaran hanggang sa pagbubukas ng pagkakataon sa ating mamamayan; mula sa pag-arangkada ng ekonomiya hanggang sa parating pang magagandang oportunidad; at maging sa pagtataguyod ng pangmatagalang kapayapaan.
President Benigno S. Aquino III attends the United Nations Climate Change Summit Plenary 2014, in New York. The summit is a public platform for leaders to catalyze action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, strengthen climate resilience, and mobilize political will for a universal climate agreement by 2015.
My entire life, I have witnessed my people do incredible things: they resisted the dictatorship, drove a peaceful revolution that captured the imagination of the world, stood firmly and often against tyranny and corruption whenever they reared their ugly heads, and worked tirelessly to put our country back on the map. For so long, we have endured the tyranny of self-serving administrations and the indifference of the world, but now, finally, my country, once an often-overlooked archipelago in the Pacific, is poised to remain in the spotlight, as proof of what a mobilized citizenry and a government of integrity are capable of.
Climate change does not recognize national boundaries, or political or economic affiliations. The choice before us, then, is clear: Together we must face these challenges and surmount them, or together we will suffer the consequences of inaction. Let the first concrete commitment we make be a change in mindset: From one of arguing over dividing the work, to one where we all do the maximum that we can, always asking, What more can we do.
John F. Kennedy dreamed bigger, and acted on it. My father, laid down his life, and in so doing ignited a movement that toppled a dictatorship. My mother devoted her life to ensuring that the democracy we had reclaimed would never again be taken away. All of them were faced with daunting tasks, and all of them dared, risked, and acted. This is my message to all: Like JFK, Ninoy, and Cory, each one has the capacity to dream, to die, to live, to fight, to stand for something, to ask “why not” when the challenges seem insurmountable. Thus can we transform the world for the better.
President Aquino: “During [President Corazon Aquino's] visit to Boston at the springtime of Filipino democracy in 1986, mom said to the communities here and I quote, “I wish you many splendid autumn memories this winter.” I echo this today, in saying: May the memories you build here be warmed by the affections of Filipinos who, like me, found in Boston home, kindness, and kinship. Who knows, perhaps next winter or sooner, on a lighter note, I will see you in the Philippines.”
When I was a young boy my concept of freedom was it was something to defend against a foreign invader. Then when I was in grade six, Martial Law was proclaimed. I thus quickly realized that freedom is a concept that can be taken for granted by those whose freedoms are never challenged.