[applause] And if the evidence warrants, they will have their day of reckoning too. Gabi na mga 1 o’clock because on the early days of my — when I won, pero hindi pa ako nag-oath, marami nang nagpuntahan. I would take in somebody who shares my horizons in life, especially yung degradation ng — Tama yan. Dito naman eh…The DENR is likewise directed to review all permits granted to the mining, logging and other environmental sensitive activities to ensure compliance with government standards and if warranted, ito na yung pinakamaganda: amend, suspend or revoke permits. [applause] I’d like to thank God that I had this opportunity really — I never— wala namang ano, I never thought umabot ako dito. So dito pinaraan ko lang in diplomatic way that the Laguna Lake shall be transformed into a vibrant economic zone showcasing ecotourism by addressing the negative impact of the watershed destruction, land conversion and pollution. This is something that I feel that I must do because it is the right thing to do. In the area of governance, there is a need to strengthen our efforts along this line. [applause] Davao City will also be the first site of the first Muslim channel, to be called Salaam Television, [applause] and the first Lumad channel. But, you know, intindihin na lang natin ito, that we can return to you all. On the clamor of our citizens for timely issuance of Philippine passports, the government shall work towards amendment of the 1996 Passport Law to lengthen the validity of the passports from the current 5 years to 10 years. For the many times nadaan ako na walang ulan, doon lang sila because first come, first served. When I decided to seek the presidency of this Republic, I knew what the ills of our country were; I knew their causes; and I was briefed on those who caused the causes. [applause] To have adequate disposal facilities for the Metro Manila Garbage, the final closure and rehabilitation of the Carmona Sanitary Landfill shall be pursued while the adoption of appropriate waste-to-energy facilities will be explored. [applause] The PCO shall coordinate with the Office of the Executive Secretary and the Presidential Legal Counsel in implementing the recently approved EO on the Freedom of Information. As an example on the part of the Executive Branch to make transparency and integrity as yardsticks in government performance, savings and expenses while engaging the public to be vigilant in participating in government programs and projects. Iyong nakuha ng mga Amerikano, Español, pati yung mga Pilipino, mga kapitalista, those who exploited Mindanao with that thing sloganeering go to Mindanao because it is a land of promise. So I ask you pass it minus the Constitutional issues that are contentious. [applause] Tutal kayo naman ang maggagawa ng batas. Alam mo, I’d like to call the attention of Secretary Yasay. Look at the back, likod ng nitong mall, yung malaking mall doon. And the only outlet there — the outlet of your department is yung sa SM. Dito sa side sa Cotabato, lahat ng Cotabato, doon sa Davao. I heard the people on the streets complain that justice had become illusory; that equity and fairness and speedy disposition of cases had deteriorated into hollow concepts fit only for masteral dissertations. As a former prosecutor, I know there always — ways of knowing how fast or how slow cases go. Ilagay mo yan sa Filipino na driver, sutoy talaga kayo doon, maglampas kayo. The PCO, in coordination with the Office of the Executive Secretary, is drafting the Administrative Order on the Task Force on media killings. To address backlogs and low prosecutorial effectiveness and efficiency, the investigation and case management processes shall be streamlined including those for illegal drugs and heinous crimes. With the vast entry of so many people, basically coming from the Visayas, magkaroon tayo ng… We have to understand each other then you have to live with each other, but we will try. [applause] Ibigay na natin at when the federal system comes, isali mo na sa package, together with Misuari. You are the ones who will pass the law, even if you make it good for 30 years, okay ako. [laughter] Basta, stretch a little bit because five years is just really simply on a regular basis.
Except maybe extract a lesson or two from its errors we will not tarry because it is the present that we are concerned with and the future that we should be prepared for. Sabi ko, “Ma’am, maga-alas quarto na.” “Ma’am, ano kaya kung ikaw na lang ang DENR? Makita mo sa plane every time I go to Davao, I pass by that lake there. And the fishermen are complaining about their loss. Ito ang gusto ko — tutal pera naman ng tao — to observe editorial independence through innovative programs [applause] and intelligent treatment and analysis of news reports, as well as developments of national and international significance.
Lest I be misunderstood, let me say clearly, that those who betrayed the people’s trust shall not go unpunished and they will have their day in Court. [DENR Secretary Lopez stands up and waves] Ganito yan, pumunta siya sa Davao. Every time, she shows me the degradation of [inaudible] Tapos dalawang oras naman mukhang hindi na matapos. ” [applause and laughter] Bigla din siya nagsagot, “Totoo ka? Sabi niya, “I will ask the — I will consult my family and ask my…” The following day, tawag siya kay — my aide, kay Bong. Sabi ng pamilya ko, okay na.” Sabi ko, “Hay, bantay kayo lahat.” [laughter] But you know, I would not be appointing somebody who is alien to my thinking. Talagang wala na sila kasi ang maliit na lugar iyon lang ang kanila. The poor fishermen will have priority in its entitlements. Huwag mo namang ipitin but they have to reduce the areas of occupation. Sila na yung may pera, sila na yung — this must stop. ’ Simple lang: general, mga mayor, governor, baka congressman — this is not personal. The government’s Bureau of Broadcast Services, better known as the Radyo ng Bayan, shall undergo upgrading to make it financially viable and dependable for accurate and independent, and enlightening news and commentary. As we are presently setting up a Presidential Communications Satellite Office in Davao City, PBC will also put up broadcast hubs in the Visayas and Mindanao. Please sleep on it, ponder on it, because that’s the only way to proceed.
You would realize that the three guys in the elevated portion of Congress are from Mindanao. [applause] Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, members of the Senate, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and the members of the House of Representatives, Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo, President Fidel V. Buong gabi mo hintayin hanggang mag-bukas yang SM kasi first come, first served. But that is…I am addressing to all of the Cabinet members: Make use of the computer.
Allow me a little bit of informality at the outset. [Iyong prompter natutulog na siguro ‘to, papindot-pindot diyan.] [laughter] Alam mo, nandiyan naman yan. When the applicant presents the documents, give them a shopping list.
[applause] Just like you and I, all, equal treatment and equal protection are what I ask for our people. Different approaches are also being considered to decongest NAIA including the possible transfer of general aviation. But hindi ko naman sinasabi, there’s a law allowing mining.
[applause] But we must have the courage to fight for what we believe in, undeterred by the fear of failing or losing. [applause] At this point, there are concerns few I wish to convey to all to the end that as I perorate on facts, figures, plans, programs, and solutions, these concerns will not dissipate or get lost along our way. We will not stop until the last drug lord, the last financier, and the last pusher have surrendered or put behind bars [applause] or below the ground, if they so wish. Gina Lopez and I are just telling you: Follow government standards.