Thank you for that very kind introduction. I would like to greet the officers and those who have been kind enough to invite me to your annual convention. The district governor Jojo de Guia Jr., the representative of Rotary International, the president’s representative, IPDG Kong Shiu Chen, the past and present district governors and I mean everybody from the PDGs, the DGGs, the PPs, the BCPs etc. as well as all the members of the Rotary Club District 3820 as well as their lovely Anns and handsome spouses here today. Other illustrious guest speakers with whom I am sharing the stage, esteemed guests and friends, ladies and gentlemen, magandang tanghali po sa inyong lahat.
Maraming salamat po sa Rotary Club District 3820 sa inyong mainit na pagbati at pati na rin sa inyong pagkumbida sa inyong lingcod upang makasama kayong lahat sa inyong district conference sa taong 2015. Isang malaking karangalan sa akin ng makasama kayo sa umagang ito. Ito ay hindi lamang dahil sa aking kaalamang na katanyagan ng inyong grupo kundi na rin dahil sa kanyang malakas na impluwensiya at magandang reputasyon sa ating lipunan. Kaya naman minarapat ko sa kabila ng aking mahigpit na schedule na makahanap ng oras para samahan kayo sa inyong discon ngayon.
Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. today urged business educators and students to work together to prepare the country’s workers and businesses to face the challenges of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nation) integration.
ASEAN Integration envisions the ASEAN to become one economic region wherein the inter-operability and interrelations among its members are characterized by a “free flow of capital and investments, free flow of goods, free flow of services and skilled labor”.
Speaking before the 2nd A-BEST (Association of Business Educators and Students of the Philippines) Philippines, Inc. National Congress at Subic Bay Travellers Hotel, Marcos urged the students to study hard and take to heart the lessons they learned in school.
“Please be warned that the world out there is cruel and competitive. Better prepare for it now under the guidance of your schools and teachers, than learn the hard way later—when all will be too late. Ayon nga sa kasabihan, palaging nasa huli ang pagsisisi!” Marcos said.
Marcos said educators should work hard to ensure our graduates would have the skills and knowledge to match or even surpass those from other ASEAN countries.
Thank you very much for your warm and resounding reception, and your having invited me to join you in your 2nd National Congress.
As much as I would want to feel comfortable at this point, knowing that I am in the familiar company of like minds, I will have to beg your indulgence if I seem to be a little bit shaky and petrified standing here before all of you. Parang naaalala ko kasi ang aking buhay-estudyante noon, lalo na yung mga panahon na kailangan kong humarap sa aking mga guro at mga kaklase para sa isang business presentation, feasibility report, thesis defense o revalida.
For the information of everybody, I took up MBA in the late-1970s—contrary to the insinuations and alleged research of some. I was not able to finish it because of exigent circumstances, particularly the 1980 elections, in which I ran for and eventually won as Vice-Governor of Ilocos Norte.
If you have been following your social media news, just a few days ago, the veracity of my educational qualifications and credentials was put to question by a journalist. Although it is not in my character to judge the intentions of the writer, it would have been best if the facts had first been carefully and prudently checked and verified, as expected of any ethical journalist. First of all, why would I misrepresent on such a basic factual information as my educational attainment? As a politician and public official, I have nothing to gain, and everything to lose, from misrepresenting such fact.
Excuse me, sorry na lang, pero tunay na orihinal at hindi lang gawa sa Recto ang aking mga diploma!
By Maricel Cruz, Macon Ramos Araneta | Manila Standard
LAWMAKERS continued to question the sincerity of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in its peace talks with the government even as a congressman vowed to elevate the Mamasapano massacre to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.
At the same time, Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has appealed to the MILF to implement more confidence-building measures that would renew the trust of the people and boost waning support for the Bangsamoro Basic Law.
Marcos made the appeal after Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano denounced the MILF’s supposed move to put up a new training camp in Panglima Estino town in Sulu while they are pursuing peace talks with the government.
“This is a sign of bad faith,” Alejano said. “This is a cause for alarm. We will wake up someday they have doubled their forces without us knowing.”
The succession of news about the MILF’s actions during the Mamasapano incident and the training camps and its supposed currying of Malaysian favor have caused a waning in the enthusiasm of lawmakers in the BBL, Marcos said.
“I beg of you for the sake of our peace process. If we care that much for the peace process, I implore you to advice the MILF leadership to do better in terms of these trust building measures so that we can move forward in the peace process,” Marcos said.
“We have stopped here. And we have lost the trust and confidence of the public,” said Marcos.
To set the record straight, my educational record as posted in the Senate website and in my own official website is accurate.
I earned a diploma in political science at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford University in England in 1978.
I thereafter did post-graduate studies at the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, USA taking up Masters in Business Administration. I was however unable to complete the course because I was elected Vice Governor of Ilocos Norte and had to return home to serve my provincemates (1980-1983).
[Web editor's note: This transcript is a continuation of Sen. Bongbong's manifestation at the Senate Hearing on the Mamasapano Incident. Click to listen to the audio or read the full transcript.]
Iqbal: Your honor, would I be permitted to say a few words about the issue?
Sen. Poe: Yes sir.
Iqbal: Well, your honor, I think the time from Jan. 25 up to the time that we submitted, or we returned 16 and ½ firearms is not one month but rather 21 days. Because January 25 and then we had a ceremony at Camp Siongco on Datu Odin Sinsuat on January 18, so 21 days.
Sen. Bongbong: I stand corrected, not one month, three weeks.
Iqbal: Yeah, three weeks po. I have to be very frank your honor. You know when the firearms were turned over to Awang Airport we did not have the time really to check on the firearms, together with my esteemed counterpart from government. We only saw the firearms when they were brought to Camp Siongco. But at any rate at Camp Siongco I understand there was some validation undertaken by military officials or PNP officials—I’m not so sure about who really made the validation. At that precise moment also your honor, I was to travel to Manila so that’s why the ceremony was quite cut short to give us time really to board the plane for Manila.
If that is true your honor, then it is very regrettable that such kind of a situation would happen. I understand the feelings of our friends from the PNP if the report is really true. But because we don’t have the time, we didn’t have the opportunity to really check that such kind of situation really happened. But at any rate I would vouch for the statement coming of our friends from the PNP that there were parts of the firearms changed for another part—I don’t know the technical term for that.
But for the MILF your honor, it’s not the material consideration that is really very important on our part, but the symbolism, the gesture of goodwill, that we want to show to everybody, to our friends from the PNP, that we did not like what happened in Mamasapano.
By Amita O. Legaspi | GMA News Online
Sen. Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr on Tuesday urged the Moro Islamic Liberation Front to be more forthright in its dealings with the Philippine government especially in connection with the Mamasapano clash.
“The MILF in its gestures of goodwill need to be more forthright here because this kind of mixed response is not exactly helpful. Alang-alang ito na makabalik na tayo sa proseso ng kapayapaan para yung mga kapatid natin sa Muslim Mindanao ay hindi na masasabak sa giyera,” Marcos said during the Senate hearing on Mamasapano incident.
He said the return of the firearms of the fallen 44 Special Action Force commandos was a sign of good faith but it was destroyed by the fact that the firearms were cannibalized.
“The symbolism of good faith is destroyed by the fact that the firearms were tampered with first, pinalitan ung pyesa bago ibinalik.. Kinuha yung magandang piyesa at ginamit pansarili at pinalitan ng bulok. That ruins the entire symbolic gesture of good faith, sayang naman. good opportunity to regain trust,” the senator said.
The MILF on February 19 returned to the Philippine National Police the firearms of the SAF commandos killed in Mamasapano last month. However, 14 of the 16 firearms were reportedly cannibalized.
“What is supposed to be a confidence-building measure and an act of good faith has turned into the precise opposite. And this is a classic case of adding insult to injury. In this case, adding insult to death,” Marcos said.
We have been advising both sides to undertake confidence-building measures in the face of the Mamasapano incident. And the reason we have done this is that it is the people, the citizenry, who that have lost faith not only in some of the individuals involved but also in the entire peace process.
And that is why I have called for several steps to be taken as a confidence-building measure to restore the trust of the public in the peace process. And that is my main concern—is that the peace process must continue; the peace process must in fact at some point come to a conclusion wherein we find the true and lasting peace for Muslim Mindanao.
However, there are disturbing reports coming back. The first item as a confidence-building measure that was suggested was the return of the firearms and the equipment of the 44 policemen that were killed. It took one month for the MILF to finally return 16 of the weapons that were taken from our policemen.
Of those 16, 14 were cannibalized. The report that we are getting is that the parts were taken from the weapons and they were changed with inferior parts. The point is, that what is supposed to be a confidence-building measure and an act of good faith has turned into the precise opposite. And this is a classic case of adding insult to injury. In this case, adding insult to death.
Then, there is the declaration that the commanders that were involved in Mamasapano are not going to be identified or turned over and it will be an internal matter in the MILF. Again, this does not inspire confidence in the public.
And the promise of Chairman Iqbal here in the previous hearing is that the MILF will assist in the identification and the finding of Usman. We have not seen any concrete measures.
MANILA, Philippines — The reported tampering of the firearms seized from the fallen Special Action Force commandos in Mamasapano, Maguindanao has “destroyed” any goodwill generated by the weapons’ return to the Philippine National Police, Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said on Tuesday.
In a manifestation at the Senate hearing into the bloody January 25 incident, Marcos appealed to Moro Islamic Liberation Front chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal to convince the organization’s leadership to undertake more confidence-building measures to restore the peace process, which has been placed in doubt over the January 25 incident, which saw 44 SAF commandos, 18 MILF fighters and at least five civilians dead during the operation to get Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir, alias “Marwan.”
In the wake of the incident, the government said the MILF could prove its sincerity in pursuing peace by returning the SAF firearms, helping pursue Abdul Basit Usman, the Filipino bomb maker who was the secondary target of the Mamasapano mission, and surrender the fighters involved in the clash.
Earlier, the PNP complained that a number of the 16 firearms returned by the MILF had either missing or cannibalized parts.
Q: Malinaw na ba sa inyo kung ano ang na-report kay President?
Sen. Bongbong: Ang sinabi ba ay nakuha na si Marwan o yun lang? O may enkwentro na maliit lang na firefight o kung talagang malaking problema dahila namamatayan na yung SAF? Di yung degrees of urgency parang hindi maliwanag kung papano ang pagka report kay Pangulo.
That’s why balik na naman tayo sa dati na panawagan na sana si Pangulong Aquino na ang magsabi sa atin para maging maliwanag na kung ano ba talaga ang pangyayari. At lahat ng impormasyon, mga kontak, yung mga communication sa Pangulo ay nakukuha lang natin second hand e. Mas maganda sana para maging maliwanag na at patapos na tayo dun sa inquiry ay pwede na natin isara yung inquiry pagka maliwanag na talaga kung ano ang impormasyon na ibinigay kay Pangulong Aquino at kung ano ang naging instruction niya sa kanyang mga commander.
Q: Sa tinging nyo ba sir there was like an effort to clear the President…?
Sen. Bongbong: Hindi pa rin dahil hindi maliwanag—it’s not yet clear. The best way for the President’s actions to be cleared is for him to come and say what exactly happened. If he performed his functions as Commander- inchief then that is it, that will be the end of that line of inquiry. Kayat sa aking pananaw iyan ang pinakamainam na gagawin ng Pangulo.