Speech of President Aquino at the opening ceremony of GDN’s 14th Annual Global Development Conference, June 19, 2013

I am hopeful that in the span of this conference, we can hold a truly free exchange of ideas as regards development, so that we may advance the way we approach our world’s most pressing problems. I encourage you all to speak with one another and, above that, to listen, all for the sake of bequeathing coming generations a world better than we found it.


Toast of President Aquino during the Vin d’Honneur for the celebration of Philippine Independence, June 12, 2013

Today, as one nation, we reaffirm this commitment. Just as our heroes and martyrs paid the ultimate price for our freedom, as Filipinos, each and every one is asked to do his part in building an even more progressive nation, whether one is in the highest ranks of government, or an employee in a local company, or an OFW working on distant shores.


Speech of President Aquino at the 2013 Independence Day celebration [English translation]

It was Andres Bonifacio himself who said: “Reason teaches us that we must be of one will and one mind to gain the strength we need to search out the evil that reigns in our Nation. This is the time for the light of truth to dawn; this is the time for us to show that we have our own sentiments, our own honor, our own shame and solidarity.”


Departure statement of President Aquino before the World Economic Forum on East Asia 2013, June 7, 2013

Sa ganitong mga biyahe, hindi natin kailanman kinakalimutan ang pangunahing pakay namin bilang mga lingkod-bayan: Ang mag-uwi ng mas marami pang makabuluhang pagkakataon para mga Pilipino, at ibandila ang bagong mukha ng Pilipinas—isang bansang handang makipagbayanihan sa ibang nasyon tungo sa maaliwalas na ekonomiya’t pagnenegosyo; isang bansang tunay na nagniningning at tinitingala ng mundo.