Your Excellency, our meeting today reflects the respect and friendship that peoples with a shared and inextricable history accord one another. Truly, our ancestors would have been proud to see their sons and daughters banding together to realize a common vision: Citizens empowered to live dignified and productive lives, so that they themselves may help open the doors of even greater opportunity for their fellow Filipinos and Malaysians.
Pakikisamang tunay po ang pinipilit nating ipakita sa lahat ng bansa. Sinusuklian nila ito ng napakabuti at napakatunay ding pakikisama: May respeto, at nagpapamalas ng makabuluhang pakikibalikat habang sinisikap nating abutin ang ating mga adhikain. Nawa’y samantalahin po natin ang mga pagkakataon upang makapagpamana sa mga susunod na salinlahi ng isang lipunang mas patas, mas sagana, at tumatamasa ng mas malawakang kaunlaran.
This year has indeed been a banner year for high-level exchanges between the Philippines and Japan. Throughout the dialogues and discussions our two countries have had, we have always expressed a consistent desire to deepen our relations and to enhance our strategic partnership. We do this, knowing that stronger engagement will benefit both the Japanese and the Filipino people; foster development, security, and peace in our countries; and build a more peaceful and more secure Asia Pacific region.
On behalf of the entire Filipino people, I extend our deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Mandela, the people of South Africa, and all men and women of peace and goodwill who mourn the passing of a truly great man.
Myanmar was one of the countries that reached out to us in the wake of Typhoon Yolanda, and I thanked the President for his message of sympathy and solidarity for our countrymen who were victims of this calamity. In particular, I expressed our deepest gratitude for the Myanmar Government’s donation of $100,000 in humanitarian aid, and for the seven tons of relief goods flown in by the Myanmar Defense Services.
This afternoon, I met with Customs Commissioner Rozzano Rufino B. Biazon, who submitted to me his irrevocable resignation.
We have always made it a point to abide by the pillars of good governance: transparency, accountability, and integrity. It is in light of this that we are launching “FAiTH,” which stands for Foreign Aid Transparency Hub.
The well of strength and compassion that characterizes us as a nation has time and again proven to be bottomless. Solidarity born of faith and prayer, combined with a steadfast resolve, is showing the world that nothing can make the Filipino spirit yield.
We have also approved an additional 1.1 billion pesos for the Quick Response Fund of the DSWD and the DPWH, so that they can more quickly provide the necessary support for the recovery of our countrymen who were the victims of this typhoon.
Inaprubahan din natin ang kabuuang P1.1 billion para pandagdag sa Quick Response Funds ng DSWD at DPWH, para sa agarang pagpapatupad ng mga kinakailangang suporta para sa muling pagbangon ng mga kababayan nating hinagupit nitong trahedya.