Aquino's most memorable quotes from 2014
MANILA, Philippines – What a year it's been for the Philippines, and for its leader, President Benigno Aquino III.
It was the year of a historic peace deal and of impressive high-profile arrests, but it was also a year of wrongdoing allies and well, a nonexistent love life for the President.
From casual remarks to hard-hitting statements, Rappler recalls the top 15 quotes of the President that stuck with us because they either made us laugh or cringe or beam with pride. Read on:
"I will not let peace be snatched from my people again.”
“Hindi po natin kilala ang taong ito bilang maluho o matakaw."
(We do not know this person to be extravagant or greedy.)
"My message to the Supreme Court: We do not want two equal branches of government to go head to head, needing a third branch to step in to intervene. We find it difficult to understand your decision."
"This was one of our family’s lowest points. As the only son, I felt an overwhelming urge to exact an eye for an eye. Mr. Marcos and his ilk were like rabid dogs who had lost all reason. There was no longer any potential for dialogue; the only solution when confronted by a rabid dog is to put it down.”
"Let the first concrete commitment we make be a change in mindset from one arguing over the division of work to one where we’ll do the maximum we can: always asking what more can we do?"
“Well, nang pinasukan ko ho ito, ang tanda ko one term of 6 years. Ngayon, after having said that, siyempre, ang mga boss ko ho kailangan kong pakinggan rin eh, at hindi ibig sabihin noon na automatic na hahabol ako na magkaroon pa akong dagdag dito. Pero ang tanong nga doon: Paano ba natin masisigurado na 'yung mga repormang nagawa natin – at 'pag nina-natin ko, lahat ho ng – mula 'yung nagbigay sa akin ng mandato nandiyan nakikidamay sa akin, nasa gobyerno, wala sa gobyerno – na maging permanente na itong pagbabago natin?”
(Well when I entered this, I knew it was one term of 6 years. Now, after having said that, of course my bosses are the ones we listen to, although that does not mean I will automatically seek an extension. But the question is: How will we ensure that our reforms – and when I say we, I mean everyone from those who gave me my mandate and support me, whether in government or not in government – will become permanent, this change of ours?)
"The reverse is actually true: the Vice President was asking advice on what to do. I didn’t offer to help. He asked for advice on how to handle the situation, amongst other things."
"Should they say that they are in agreement with our efforts, and that they too have the goal of serving our Bosses, then I will ask them: Why are you not with us?"
"The Filipino is worth dying for. The Filipino is worth living for. If I may add, the Filipino is worth fighting for."
"I will preempt the question and say, for the record: yes, my love life is still like Coke Zero. I hope that when I step down from the Presidency, it will at least go back to being like Coke Light."
"In general, I don’t attend wakes of people I don’t know. I find it – and I’m speaking for myself – I’m uncomfortable in trying to condole with people who don’t know me.”
"We pursued all those who committed wrongdoing – regardless of their power, wealth or influence."
"To inflict such harm on people you will call 'brothers' really escapes any logic I can fathom.”
“'Pag may nagmumungkahi – especially, 'di ba, matagal-tagal na rin na walang ganitong level ng dialogue – eh bakit hindi natin papakinggan? 'Pag pinakinggan natin doon, tapos tingnan natin, 'di ba?"
(If someone makes a suggestion – especially because it's been a while since we had this level of dialogue – why won't we listen to it? Then after listening to it, we can study it, right?)
"Their competence has to be demonstrated….The ampaw for example, looks delicious but inside, it's all air. How do I say this without being insulting?”