(CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts) President Benigno S. Aquino III on Monday
expressed hope that students of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of
Government would learn from the transformation of the Philippines realized
through good governance.
Delivering a policy speech at the school, President Aquino said he is
determined to make the most of his six-year term that ends in 2016.
"Our challenge today is to make the gains even greater, and to ensure that
the transformation becomes an enduring mainstream of justice and
inclusiveness," he said.
"It is my hope that our experiences will motivate those like you, from the
other side of the world, to be influencers, who in turn will inspire the
communities and institutions with whom you will interact."
He emphasized that though leaders will be criticized for what they did, for
what they did not do, and even for what they are about to do, they must
always do the right thing.
They should persevere because giving up would mean allowing the shameless
and the unscrupulous to have free reign over the fate of everyone, he said.
The President also mentioned the men and women in his government who came
from the JFK School of Government: Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, Social
Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman, Presidential Assistant on Food Security and
Agricultural Modernization Francisco Pangilinan, and Presidential Management
Staff Secretary Julia Abad.