Statement of President Aquino on the passing of Don Emilio Yap

President Aquino: “At noon today, respected industrialist, publisher, and philanthropist, Don Emilio Yap passed away. I convey my deepest sympathies to the Yap family in this time of loss and mourning, and hope that they can draw strength from the knowledge that Mr. Yap lives on in the legacy he leaves behind, one distinguished both by personal success and by an abiding generosity.”

Statement of President Aquino during the joint press conference with the Prime Minister of Malaysia

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.

Statement of President Aquino upon his arrival from the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit

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.

Statement of President Aquino following the working lunch with Prime Minister Abe, December 13, 2013

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.

Statement of President Aquino during his joint press briefing with President Thein Sein of Myanmar, December 5, 2013

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.