Of course, I also have to greet Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, members of the Cabinet; fellow workers in government; my countrymen: We cannot move forward if we allow the past to pull us back. That is why I will not waste precious time dwelling on the sins of the past or blaming those who are perceived to be responsible for the mess that we are in and suffering from. Mabubuang ka] To better manage public information, a law should be passed – I’m addressing Congress– to create the People’s Broadcasting Corporation, replacing PTV-4, the government-run TV station, which now aims to replicate international government broadcasting networks. For the many times nadaan ako na walang ulan, doon lang sila because first come, first served. Except maybe to extract a lesson or two from its errors, we will not tarry because it is the present that we are concerned with and the future that we should be prepared for. [DENR Secretary Lopez stands up and waves] Ganito yan, pumunta siya sa Davao. Every time, she shows me the degradation of [inaudible] Tapos dalawang oras naman mukhang hindi na matapos. Iyon na lang — the difference with one big fish pen to the other — iyon nalang ang sa mga tao. Teams from these international news agencies — I’d like to mention those interested BBC — are set to visit the country soon to train people from government-run channels to observe. Please sleep on it, ponder on it, because that’s the only way to proceed. Alam mo, I’d like to call the attention of Secretary Yasay. Look at the back, likod ng nitong mall, yung malaking mall doon. And the only outlet there — the outlet of your department is yung sa SM. Dito sa side sa Cotabato, lahat ng Cotabato, doon sa Davao. With regard to the West Philippine Sea, otherwise known as (South) China Sea, we strongly affirms and respect the outcome of the case before the Permanent Court of Arbitration as an important contribution to the ongoing efforts to pursue a peaceful resolution and management of our disputes. That will bind the Office of the President down to the last barangay elect. On the aspect of our peace processes relating to our engagement with the international community, the Philippines shall remain committed to working with our international partners in achieving lasting peace and progress in the country. I reiterate that commitment today, and that is why I call on the Philippine National Police, the barangay chairmen, the Mayors, the Governors and all those occupying seats of power and authority, not to lower their guard. I order the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) to hasten the conduct of investigation and adjudication of administrative cases against police officers involved in criminal activities and illegal activities and prescribe policies on lifestyle checks for PNP members. I’ll show you the intelligence paper pero give me the guarantee na may magawain ka. Ang problema nito, yung mga railway na ito [Hindi na ito kasali diyan. In this quest, I would put at stake my honor, my life and the presidency itself. Because I’ll give you the name, I’ll give you the country. Huwag kayong maniwala dito] Two-thirds of these are mine, the other third is yung — correct yung grammar ko, ayaw lang nila. Problema nito, and you must agree with me, that the rails are quite aged. I assure you because it’s going to materialize: Rail projects, the Davao Transit System, the Cebu Transit System, the North and South Luzon Railways and the Panay Railways project. I was determined then as I am now determined and better positioned to wage war against those who make a mockery of our laws, including those who make life for us all miserable. Different approaches are also being considered to decongest NAIA including the possible transfer of general aviation. But hindi ko naman sinasabi, there’s a law allowing mining. But whatever that thing is, the bona fide media has always been our partner for change. At this stage, I also have directed the DILG to undertake nationwide information and campaign on federalism in partnerships with various alliances and with LGU, civil society, grassroots and faith-based organizations.
What I did was to look into the number of postponements and the time difference between each postponement and the next setting. I will appreciate deeply if all in government attend to this urgent need. Ito mangyari na ’to: To utilize the Clark Airport, it is necessary to establish… But si Gina pati ako, we share the same paradigm: The interest of the country must come first. This government does not condone violence and repression of media. Bona fide media…Sometimes they pronounce it “bonafid”. To eradicate the prevalent cultures of fear and silence that have hounded our justice system, I asked Congress — you — to enact the Whistleblower Protection Law while the present Witness Protection Program shall be strengthened. Maski dito lang.] The number of lawyers and support staff in the PAO — that is the Public Assistance Office — regional and districts shall be increased to provide indigents with more access to counsels.
Just like you and I, all, equal treatment and equal protection are what I ask for our people.
But we must have the courage to fight for what we believe in, undeterred by the fear of failing or losing. At this point, there are a few concerns I wish to convey to all to the end that as I perorate on facts, figures, plans, programs and solutions, these concerns do not dissipate or get lost along our way. Sabihin naman ni Senator Drilon, ‘Binack-bite ka dito.
The DILG (Department of the Interior and Local Government) is also directed to strictly monitor how LGUs (local government units) perform their supervision functions over the police and those found not performing will be sanctioned, including the loss of police deputation from the NAPOLCOM. We will create an Inter-Agency Committee on Illegal Drugs that will integrate efforts and strengthen the partnerships of all stakeholders. Tapos umalis ka, kunin mo doon sa tindahan yung bag o package.’ Nasaan yung mga nakikita ng media na… Most of the rails maybe, doon pa yan sa panahon ni Marcos, Imelda. Ngayon, sabi ni Tugade, pagbigay sa akin sabi ko ’40 to 60 kilometers per hour.’ Sabi ko, ‘Art, sigurado ka maka-hold ang rail niyan? Sixty kilometers per hour and you are pulling something that’s heavy. Alam mo sabi ko, unahan na natin itong Congress, puro mayayabang ang mga nandiyan.
The reservists will be mobilized for information campaign against drug use and the dissemination of information regarding drug rehabilitation programs being offered by the government. Baka maputol ‘yan mag diretso ang train sa Cavite.’ Diretso ng Cavite, mulipad doon kay Tolentino. When it really moves — mawala ng ano— it moves with a speed at a heavy thing at a great speed, ang hirap mong… Specifically for the LRT, the operating hours shall be extended from to p.m., so marami pang mga bata ang uuwi niyan. We grab the — each other…They say, “stealing one’s thunder,” ika nga. So, we shall also pursue rail projects in Metro Manila and the major key-points in the country including the Mindanao Rail Project.