Speech of President Aquino at the Eid’l Fitr dinner, August 13, 2013

As people of the Book, we are all commanded by faith to help the poor and protect the defenseless, and to strive to make this world a haven for the oppressed. These are the shared imperatives of every Filipino; these shed light on the narratives of faith that bind us, and allow us to pursue a common vision as one Filipino nation. Tonight, we gather to give thanks to the Almighty God for the gifts He has bestowed upon us as people.

Speech of President Aquino during the dinner in commemoration of the 1st death anniversary of Jesse Robredo, August 8, 2013

Kay Jesse: Maraming salamat sa serbisyo, sa alaala, at siyempre, sa inspirasyong iniwan mo sa amin. Alam naming nagawa mong harapin ang Diyos, nang walang bagahe o pagsisisi, dahil natupad mo ang misyon mo rito sa lupa. At anumang iniwan mo, kami na ang bahala rito, hindi ka bibiguin ng mga Pilipino.

Speech of President Aquino at the Livestock Philippines 2013 Expo and Conference

Behind these initiatives—and behind our government’s decision to prioritize the agricultural sector—lies a single question: What will yield the greatest benefit for the common Filipino? This has guided all our efforts. The roads and trading centers constructed under our watch bring farmers closer to the markets, and facilitate the movement of goods. Disease control and health mechanisms are in place to ensure that the pork or chicken products that find their way to the dinner tables of our countrymen are safe for consumption.