With proper governance, life will improve for all.
Tourism is a crucial industry that could employ millions of Filipinos, skilled and unskilled alike, cross those 7,107 islands of the Philippines. From the current projection of 3.3 million tourist arrivals in 2010, our aim is to eventually attract 6 million tourists. In the process, we expect to create 3 million jobs in the next six years.
I had a simple goal in life: to be true to my parents and our country as an honorable son, a caring brother, and a good citizen.
Part of my mandate is to curb corruption and streamline a cumbersome, graft-ridden bureaucracy, to put resources where they will provide the clearest results, and to untangle a complicated regulatory environment.
When my father returned home on the twenty-first of August 1983, he had a speech prepared. Filipinos never got to hear it, because he was murdered right on the tarmac.
Although I was born to famous parents, I know and feel the problems of ordinary citizens.
I am from the class that has, in a sense, benefited from the status quo, but everyone still gets victimized.
The message has to be sent that if you commit a crime there has to be punishment.
Both President Obama and I shared the conviction that territorial and maritime disputes in the Asia Pacific region should be settled peacefully based on international law. We affirm that arbitration is an open, friendly and peaceful approach to seeking a just and durable solution.
I'm not concentrated or concerned with any other factors rather than just being able to do the best job that I can.
The focus of my administration is, if somebody decides to work abroad, then it has to be from choice as opposed to necessity.
I think President Obama, like myself, is a multitasker.
The Philippines is for the Philippines. We can defend ourselves.
The Philippines has vast minerals that are still untapped. It has one of the world's largest deposits of gold, nickel, copper and chromite. Through responsible mining, we intend to generate more revenues from the extraction of these resources.
I will not only not steal, but I will run after thieves.
The Philippines is strategically located and blessed with the greatest resource: its people, who are hard-working, very loyal, and very adaptive.
The people want to go back to the time when democracy was in full bloom.
I want to make democracy work not only for the rich and the well connected but for everyone.
I was put into office by the people who believed in my idea that corruption is the root of poverty; that an end to corruption would mean an end to poverty.
When my father was assassinated, I decided that I would not compete with his memory, but the priority would be to achieve his dream.