Refer to: Ms. Dale Zapata
REITERATES CALL FOR SOBRIETY, DISCERNMENT
15 July 2005
Amidst the political
crisis besetting the country, Vice President Noli ‘Kabayan’ De Castro
reiterated his call for sobriety and prayerful discernment.
During the third
commencement exercises of the Maritime
Academy of Asia and the Pacific
(MAAP) in MAAP-Kamaya Point, Mariveles, Bataan yesterday, the Vice
President asked the Filipino people to trust that their leaders
will solve the country's political problems with the interest of the
country and the greater number of Filipinos in mind.
Speaking before 141
graduates and officials of the academy led by Capt. Gregorio Oca, De
Castro stressed that in a democratic society like ours, the
constitution and rule of law must be paramount.
He also said that Filipinos
need to trust themselves and make their own sacrifices as the country
tries to rise up from disunity brought by the present political turmoil.
“Mga kababayan, ang
kailangan natin ngayon ay mga Pilipinong handang magtiwala muli sa mga
namumuno sa ating mga institusyon, sa kinabukasan at sa ating mga
sarili. Kailangan natin ng mga Pilipinong handang magsakripisyo para sa
kapakanan ng iba. Kailangang mabuo muli ang sambayanan upang sama-sama
nating harapin ang mga darating na pagsubok” De Castro said.
Vice President Noli "Kabayan" De Castro leads pass in review
of troops composed of junior students of the Maritime Academy of Asia
and the Pacific (MAAP) during the school’s 3rd commencement
exercises in Mariveles, Bataan. During his speech last Friday, De
Castro urged 141 new MAAP graduates to continue pursuing their goals in
life and help rebuild the nation.
In his message, De
Castro said he is working harder as the Vice President of the
country and he assured everyone that politics won’t hamper him from
serving the people.
“Ako po ay pumasok sa
gobyerno dahil gusto kong magserbisyo. Sana naman ay hindi maging
sagabal ang pulitika sa hangarin kong maglingkod.” he added.
The Vice President
urged the newly graduates to remain faithful in the ability of the
nation’s leaders to address their concerns, among which are job
security, sufficient pay, safety at work, and the promotion of the
international seafarers bill of rights.
De Castro said he
will ensure that the said matters are taken care of by the
concerned agencies of the government. Hopefully, there will be a
comprehensive program that will respond to the needs of the local
President Noli "Kabayan" De Castro observes the advanced simulator of
the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP) when he was given a
tour of the school’s hi-tech training facilities by Vice Admiral
Eduardo Santos (Ret.). De Castro was the guest of honor during MAAP’s
3rd commencement exercises last Friday in Mariveles, Bataan.
At the same time, De
Castro lauded the school officials behind the academy’s success in
bringing to fore world-class training in seafaring. He congratulated MAAP for
receiving a citation from a European
Union mission in 2000
which tagged the school as “one of the best equipped schools in the
He said such citation
is a testament to the capability to lead of the officials and
management of the academy.
Ref. No. VPMEDIA 05-091
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