Question: Do you know any quotes and quotations by former Philippine Presidents, excluding Estrada,Ramos and Aquino?
Answer: Quotes by President Manuel L. Quezon:
"I prefer a country run like hell by Filipinos to a country run like heaven by Americans. Because, however bad a Filipino government might be, we can always change it."
"My loyalty to my party ends where my loyalty to my country begins."
"Social Justice is far more beneficial when applied as a matter of sentiment, and not of law."
Qutoable Quotes by President Ferdinand Marcos
* Elect me as your congressman today, I promise you an Ilocano president in 20 years.
o election speech as candidate for Congress, 1949
* The Filipino, it seems, has lost his soul, his dignity, and his courage.
We have come upon a phase of our history when ideals are only a veneer for greed and power, (in public and private affairs) when devotion to duty and dedication to a public trust are to be weighted at all times against private advantages and personal gain, and when loyalties can be traded.
…Our government is in the iron grip of venality, its treasury is barren, its resources are wasted, its civil service is slothful and indifferent, its armed forces demoralized and its councils sterile.,
We are in crisis. You know that the government treasury is empty. Only by severe self-denial will there be hope for recovery within the next year...
This nation can be great again. This I have said over and over. It is my articles of faith, and Divine Providence has willed that you and I can now translate this faith into deeds.
o Mandate for Greatness,” First Inaugural Speech of President Ferdinand E. Marcos, 30 December 1965.
* You are repetitious and dumb.
o at a press conference in Hawaii, when asked about secret Swiss bank accounts, 1987
* I claim the right not to incriminate myself.
o at a press conference with government lawyers, Hawaii, when questioned about invoking the 5th amendment repeatedly, 1987
* "Hey, what's the name of that nice young girl, my loyalist supporter?" I said, Mr. President, her name is Annie Ferrer. "Will you give that girl my regards and kisses?" he asked. I said yes, of course--it was really strange.
o Cynthia Sycip, "Interview with an ex-Dictator", 1987
* My countrymen, as of the twenty-third of this month, I signed Proclamation #1081 placing the entire Philippines under Martial Law.
o Televised speech on the proclamation of Martial Law (September 21, 1972)
* No matter how strong and dedicated a leader may be, he must find root and strength amongst the people. He alone cannot save a nation. He may guide, he may set the tone, he may dedicate himself and risk his life, but only the people may save themselves.
o Address at the launching of the Mabuhay Ang Pilipino Movement, Malacañang (30 November 1972)
* Of what good is democracy if it is not for the poor?
o "Notes on the New Society of the Philippines" (1973)
* When authoritarianism is no longer necessary to protect the welfare of the people, I will be the first to move for its dismantling. But the easy, casual wave of the hand dismissing the dangers that confront the worsening world situation and us is not for me. It is for those who insist that I dismantle martial law against my best judgment but, legally and morally, cannot be held liable for any Kampuchean-like tragedy that would be fall our people if I followed their advice. But I would be liable. I would be called all kinds of names. I would be called stupid, naïve and obstinate. History and our people would hold me accountable not only perhaps for lack of wisdom, but for lack of courage if I followed such advice.
o Remarks at the inauguration of the Philippines Columbian Association's New Clubhouse Complex, Plaza Dilao, Manila (14 December 1979)
* The foundation upon which our nation stands is much richer and firmer than the sympathies that may occasionally divide us. And we never know this more truly than in Christmas time. In good times or in bad, under clear skies or under the shadow of uncertainty, the Christmas message is the imperishable one of joy, hope and brotherhood.
o Christmas message to overseas Filipinos (25 December 1979)
* I was reminded as I was reviewing my life, that I have been in too many conflicts, too many wars, political battles, military battles, civil strifes in government. And always one lesson stands out and that is, those whom you fight most passionately often turn out to be your best friends.
o Extemporaneous speech at the Sixth Centennial Celebration of Islam in the Philippines (10 June 1980)
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