Where there is no corruption, there will be no poverty.
The Philippines reworked the formula for success in business – from one that required connections with influential people, to one that gives value to hard work and innovation above all else.
We have to invest in our greatest asset – the Filipino people.
Our people are the be all and end all, and we are not content with waiting for the benefits of growth to just trickle down the social pyramid.
We pursued all those who committed wrongdoing – regardless of their power or influence.
We have always said that good governance is good economics, and the results of our reforms on the economic end are proving us right.
The power behind all our efforts – whether in pursuing inclusive economic growth, improving competitiveness, food security or disaster risk management – comes not from any individual, but from the people.
Inclusive growth is not just a mantra for us; it is the yardstick by which we measure any government undertaking.
It has been the patriotism, the willpower and the wisdom of the Filipino people that has rescued our country from its darkest moments.
Our country has the social and economic momentum to go from success to success, and truly make waves throughout our archipelago, in the international community, and in the vast, immeasurable ocean of history.
These quotes are taken from a speech delivered by Benigno Simeon Aquino, President of the Philippines, at the opening of the World Economic Forum on East Asia 2014.
Image: Philippine President Benigno Aquino (2nd L) poses with Professor Klaus Schwab, World Economic Forum Founder and Executive Chairman (from L to R), Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Myanmar Vice President U Nyan Tun during the opening plenary session of the World Economic Forum on East Asia in Manila. REUTERS/Erik De Castro