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I address you today at a crucial moment in world history.
Just a few months ago, we ended 2007 with the strongest economic
growth in a generation. Inflation was low, the peso strong and a
million new jobs were created. We were all looking to a better,
We meet here today to inaugurate a new Congress after a fresh election.
I congratulate every elected official, from municipal to provincial to
Congress on hard fought and successful campaigns.
Sa araw na ito, nakatuon ang isip natin sa ating mga kababayan sa Lebanon. Nasa kuko sila ngayon ng malagim na paglala ng digmaan. Kahapon lamang, sinalubong natin ang unang dalawang-daang Pilipinong lumikas doon. Limang-daan pa ang mauuwi natin sa susunod na apat na araw.
Every year, we meet on this day in this great hall to celebrate democracy
and take stock of the nation: the country and its condition; the government
and its performance; the people and their well-being.
Angelo de la Cruz is home. We did it! Congratulations to the Filipino
Yesterday, without bloodshed, without damage to property, and within
a single day, we overcame an ill-conceived mutiny carried out by
misguided military officers.
In the corridors of power, in the Palace where I work, past presidents
of the Republic sit in their portraits in judgment of me. In this
gallery of the highest public servants, none sits in sterner judgment
than the man who first led me by the hand into the Palace as a teenager.
Kamakailan, may sumulat sa aking tatlong batang taga-Payatas,
sina Jayson, Jomar at Erwin. Ginawa nilang paper boats ang liham
at pinalutang sa pasig river patungo sa malacañang.