You would realize that the three guys in the elevated portion of Congress are from Mindanao. [applause] Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, members of the Senate, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and the members of the House of Representatives, Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo, President Fidel V. Buong gabi mo hintayin hanggang mag-bukas yang SM kasi first come, first served. But that is…I am addressing to all of the Cabinet members: Make use of the computer.
Allow me a little bit of informality at the outset. [Iyong prompter natutulog na siguro ‘to, papindot-pindot diyan.] [laughter] Alam mo, nandiyan naman yan. When the applicant presents the documents, give them a shopping list.
[applause] Just like you and I, all, equal treatment and equal protection are what I ask for our people. 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.
[applause] But we must have the courage to fight for what we believe in, undeterred by the fear of failing or losing. [applause] At this point, there are concerns few I wish to convey to all to the end that as I perorate on facts, figures, plans, programs, and solutions, these concerns will not dissipate or get lost along our way. We will not stop until the last drug lord, the last financier, and the last pusher have surrendered or put behind bars [applause] or below the ground, if they so wish. Gina Lopez and I are just telling you: Follow government standards.
Except maybe 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. Sabi ko, “Ma’am, maga-alas quarto na.” “Ma’am, ano kaya kung ikaw na lang ang DENR? Makita mo sa plane every time I go to Davao, I pass by that lake there. And the fishermen are complaining about their loss. Ito ang gusto ko — tutal pera naman ng tao — to observe editorial independence through innovative programs [applause] and intelligent treatment and analysis of news reports, as well as developments of national and international significance.
Lest I be misunderstood, let me say clearly, that those who betrayed the people’s trust shall not go unpunished and they will have their day in Court. [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. ” [applause and laughter] Bigla din siya nagsagot, “Totoo ka? Sabi niya, “I will ask the — I will consult my family and ask my…” The following day, tawag siya kay — my aide, kay Bong. Sabi ng pamilya ko, okay na.” Sabi ko, “Hay, bantay kayo lahat.” [laughter] But you know, I would not be appointing somebody who is alien to my thinking. Talagang wala na sila kasi ang maliit na lugar iyon lang ang kanila. The poor fishermen will have priority in its entitlements. Huwag mo namang ipitin but they have to reduce the areas of occupation. Sila na yung may pera, sila na yung — this must stop. ’ Simple lang: general, mga mayor, governor, baka congressman — this is not personal. The government’s Bureau of Broadcast Services, better known as the Radyo ng Bayan, shall undergo upgrading to make it financially viable and dependable for accurate and independent, and enlightening news and commentary. As we are presently setting up a Presidential Communications Satellite Office in Davao City, PBC will also put up broadcast hubs in the Visayas and Mindanao. Please sleep on it, ponder on it, because that’s the only way to proceed.
Ramos, President Joseph Estrada, President Arroyo, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, and justices of Supreme Court, His Excellency Papal Nuncio and members of the diplomatic corps. Well, of course, I have also to greet the Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, the members of the Cabinet, fellow workers in government, my countrymen. 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, [applause] the government-run TV station, which now aims to replicate international government broadcasting networks. I do not want to see people lining up under the heat of the sun.
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. So maga-alas tres na, tapos extemporaneous siya, para ring congressman. 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.