Our political system needs changing. It needs to move away from personalities and patronage to a system of party programs and consultation with the people.
It is simply the truth that the political system that I am part of has degenerated to the point that it needs fundamental change.
The military is very constitutionalist, and I have my faith in them and in the cooler heads of the people.
The contracts for Iraqi rebuilding are commercial contracts. I think being in the coalition of the willing puts us in the radar screen, but we also have to compete with other countries that are in...
In the time one is given, the steward must make the most of the talents one is given by the Lord.
Filipino businessmen must have the ability to compete freely in the global economy.
We have our own home-grown terrorism, and to the extent that we can obliterate terrorism all over the world, then our own terrorism will be much easier to neutralize.
I follow my father’s philosphy; ‘Do what is good, do what is right, and God will take care of the rest.’
In a global arena, what our businessmen need in order to be competitive is transparency and a level playing-field.
We look at the world and analyze the world, and see what we can do that is in line of our mutual interest and also in line with, you know, what the whole world needs,...
I want ordinary people to enjoy a decent standard of living, with ever increasing security, comfort and joy.
We must promote solid traits such as work ethics, a dignified lifestyle, matching actions to rhetoric, performance rather than grandstanding.
The power of one, if fearless and focused, is formidable, but the power of many working together is better.
While there’s been much progress on terrorism, there’s still much work to do and it is very important that the countries work together in order to address this threat together.
The military is faithful to the constitution. They will come in only to protect the people from the enemies of the state.
I am very grateful to our Muslim population. One of the things we’ve been doing is stepping up our inter-faith dialogue with the Muslim population. And I think that helped very much in their support...
The Philippines and the U.S. have had a strong relationship with each other for a very long time now. We have a shared history. We have shared values, democracy, freedom, and we have been in...
In all the things I’ve gone through as a politician, I have seen that in this system it is really very difficult to make any headway without being somehow tainted. And let me say, ‘Let...
We’ve supported the U.S. every step of the way. The Philippines was the first government in Asia after September 11, in fact, the night of September 11; it was nighttime for us then. It was...
Now I ask you to make your sacrifice. Take a gamble. I took the plunge and I’m glad of it.
The Constitution says that troops can be in the Philippines if there’s a treaty that provides for it, and we have two treaties with the United States.
I can say that I have not done any culpable violation of the constitution.
I want justice to be so pervasive that it will be taken for granted, just as injustice is taken for granted today.
You have 60 countries in the world with a terrorist problem. That’s two-thirds of the world. We have this group in Basilan, which is a small island in the far south of the Philippines, and...
I’m not worried. I’m in control.
In 1995, we had evidence of the brother-in-law of Osama bin Laden being in the Philippines, living in the Philippines. We had evidence of front organizations set up in the Philippines. And we uncovered evidence...
I feel that if I am freed of the burden of politics, then I can do more and I can take more unpopular decisions. I can have as my guidance for decision whatever is right,...
It is the civilian part of the politics that is very, very bad, and we have to change that.
I sow; my successor reaps. This is the majesty of democracy.
I believe that the war against terrorism and the war against poverty in these times of turmoil go together. So you – when you fight one, you have to fight the other.
On the economy, the U.S. cumulatively is our most important investor, most important trading partner, most important sort of tourists, and we have now a tie that will… a link that will be here for...
We have the hardest working people in the world, the most adaptable and the most congenial to employ.
I will follow my father’s footsteps by doing what is right, and God will take care of the rest. My father is my role model. My living role model is Cory Aquino.
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