"There are those who always ask: What will happen in 2016? What will happen when you step down?
"Will that be the end of good, honest governance? Will we have reached the end of the straight and righteous path?" P. Noy
“Para ambisyunin ko yung 2016, I guess normal lang yun (I guess it’s just normal to aspire for 2016). When you’re within the top five you are considered as a possible (contender). I won’t have …false humility,” Poe said at the regular weekly forum at the Senate Thursday.
“But really my concern right now is also my fear. Being number one, people just tend to scrutinize what you’re doing and I’m doing this as I said to give honor to my dad and I feel that I can do that even in the Senate,” she said, referring to the late Fernando Poe Jr.
Yet, in a crucial closed-door meeting in July, Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario tried to tap those dormant qualities as he tried to rally his peers to stand up to China over the South China Sea.
Trying, in the words of one observer, "to bloody well wake them up", del Rosario quoted the famous lines from German theologian Martin Niemöller of the perils of doing nothing in the face of mounting tyranny. Describing how the Nazis, unopposed, first came for the communists and then the trade unionists, Niemöller said: "Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for me, and there was no-one left to speak out for me."
Rarely has the Association of Southeast Asian Nations heard such language within its staterooms. "It was classic del Rosario," said one Asean envoy. "He's not afraid to appeal to our better selves … and he's not afraid to stand up and be counted when it comes to the South China Sea." From South China Morning Post
“Pag natatalo ka, dapat ganun din. Pag natatalo kami sa badminton, di kami kumikibo.
“Meron ka bang naririnig na masama kaming magsalita? Never, ‘di ba?” From Interaksyon TV