Speech of President Aquino at the Philippine Coast Guard change of command, December 14, 2012

Kung kailangan nating doblehin ang ating mga babala; kung kailangan nating triplehin ang ating mga paghahanda; kung kailangan natin silang ilikas isang linggo bago pa man sumalanta ang malakas na ulan at pagbaha, gagawin natin lahat ito dahil tungkulin nating tiyakin na mailayo sa kapahamakan ang ating mga kababayan sa abot po ng ating makakaya. Ito ang tungkulin ko; ito ang tungkulin ninyo, ito ang tungkulin ng Tanod Baybayin ng Pilipinas; ito ang tungkulin ng bawat kawani ng pamahalaan na pinagkatiwalaan ng taumbayan.


Speech of President Aquino at the 79th foundation anniversary of DOLE, December 13, 2012

Napitas po natin ang mga tagumpay sa nakalipas na mahigit dalawa’t kalahating taon dahil marami ang nagtiwala sa ating plataporma: sa pagkakaisa’t tapat na pamamahala, maitutuwid ang baluktot na sistema. Maraming salamat po sa DOLE, at sa maraming Pilipinong tumaya, kumilos, at pumanig sa tama. Ipagpatuloy lang po natin ito.


Speech of President Aquino at the 15th Philippine Quality Awards, December 12, 2012

The dream is this: that decades from now, during the 50th or 60th Philippine Quality Awards ceremony—hopefully, I will have a glimpse of either one of them—we’ll have even more awardees here. And they will be saying that in December of 2012, they saw how these five companies built their success in this country through a meaningful relationship with the talented Filipino work force. They will be saying how they were convinced that they, too, wanted to go down that path of compassion and excellence. I am certain that as long as all of us—private companies, government, and the Filipino people alike—continue down this never-ending road of self-improvement, we will weather any storm; we will get back up; and we will get to the point where our products and services and, and most importantly, our people, will truly shine in the world stage continuously.


Speech of President Aquino during the opening ceremonies of the 2012 SEAMO-INNOTECH 13th International Conference, December 11, 2012

Given recent events, it is all the more apparent how technology can be used to make great gains in any sector: It helped our government and the Filipino people to take action, coordinate efforts, and spread information both in times of crises and in times of peace. And technology has also provided us with a wealth of learning material. The images, videos, and eyewitness or official accounts that proliferated in the wake of typhoon Pablo will remain on record as a sober reminder of the need for safer, greener communities and the importance of working together to preserve the environment and to mitigate the effects of disasters. There is also a positive record of public and private efforts to study: so we know what practices should be continued, what mechanisms can be improved, and what initiatives government can make to reduce loss of life.


Speech of President Aquino at the International Conference on Retail Markets, December 11, 2012

As you work your hardest to move your sector forward and to ensure a reliable energy supply for this country, so will your government, and so will the Filipino people. The past week has been very difficult for us, but our countrymen have always shown that no storm can ever dampen the spirit of the Filipino. So I ask every person in this room and every citizen of this country: Let us continue our pursuit of excellence in our respective fields. I am certain that as long as we fulfill our individual responsibilities towards the collective task of building this nation, this country of ours will always make it through the storm and emerge stronger under the broad light of day.


Speech of President Aquino at the ceremonial signing of the new AFP Modernization Act, December 11, 2012

Malinaw po: Mula man sa araw-araw na pagbasag natin sa record high ng Philippine Stock Exchange o sa makasaysayang kasunduang pangkapayapaan sa Bangsamoro, at ngayon, ang mas moderno’t matibay na pambansang tanggulan dahil sa new AFP Modernization Act, patuloy nating binibigyan si Juan dela Cruz ng dahilan upang ipagmalaki ang kaniyang bandila’t bayan. Binibigyan natin siya ng dahilan upang ipaglaban ang kaniyang karapatan dahil alam niyang patas ang timbangan ng katarungan. Binibigyan natin siya ng dahilan upang manindigan para sa mapayapa’t malayang pamumuhay dahil alam niyang nasa panig niya ang Sandatahang Lakas ng Pilipinas: mga kawal na hindi lang puro tapang at modernong gamit ang inaasahan.


Speech of President Aquino at the Bayanihan: Pamaskong Handog ng PAGCOR 2012, December 10, 2012

Ang gusto po natin: ang inyong sipag at sakripisyo ay may katumbas na pag-asenso. Bawat patak ng pawis sa maghapong paghahanap-buhay sa katirikan ng araw; bawat metrong tinatahak upang matiyak ang kalinisan sa kapaligiran; bawat puso na ‘di alintana ang peligro sa kalsada; ay may katumbas na kapanatagan ng loob na mabigyan ng magandang kinabukasan ang inyong pamilya.


Speech of President Aquino for the 2012 Urban Poor Solidarity Week, December 6, 2012

Naniniwala pa rin tayong hindi balakid o pabigat ang mga nasa laylayan ng lipunan. Sila mismo ang ating katuwang sa pagtataguyod ng mga komunidad; sila mismo ang dapat bigyang-tinig at lakas upang sabay-sabay na mapaangat ang sambayanan; sila mismo ang makikiambag sa malawakang pag-unlad. Ngayon po, higit kailanman, tinatawag tayo upang lalo pang magkaisa, magtulungan, at kumayod para sa susunod na mga taon. Ito na po marahil ang pinakamaganda nating pagkakataon upang tugunan ang mga hamon na kinakaharap ng mga maralitang taga-lungsod.


Speech of President Aquino at the 10th Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations awarding ceremonies, December 6, 2012

Tulad ng lagi kong binibigyang diin tuwing kaharap ko kayo: Kami pong mga nakakatandang bahagya ay mas maikli na ang itatagal sa mundo. Kayong mga kabataan ang pipitas sa anumang bunga ng ating pagsisikap. Kung kultura ng pagkakanya-kanya ang papairalin ngayon, watak-watak, at wala ring direksyon ang kinabukasang daratnan ninyo. Bayanihan ang kakalag sa atin sa anumang kahirapan; hindi sila, hindi kami, kundi ang nagkakaisang tayo ang kailangang kumilos upang lampasan ang bawat pagsubok. [Applause] Sa tulong ng ating mga awardees at lahat ng ating mga kabataang kipkip ang pambihirang sigla, lakas, at idealismo, tuloy-tuloy tayo sa paghahabi ng masagana at magandang bukas para sa mga susunod na Pilipino.