PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd said threats of terrorism, deadly diseases and natural calamities should be dealt with by the global community in unison, noting that having a “parochial mindset” in dealing with these problems will make them more “convoluted.”
“Whether in combating climate change and its effects, or in fighting inequality, or in taking a stand against terrorism and instability, the time to act is now. We can work together, each person and each country doing its part to collectively solve all these issues,” Aquino said during Monday’s Vin d’Honneur in Malacañang.
“Or we can think only of ourselves, thereby allowing these challenges to grow more convoluted, and more insurmountable until we are all consumed by them,” he added.
The President said all countries face common problems and that is why leaders should no longer look at complex issues and situations with a local mindset.
“We are responsible for our world and its future,” he pointed out.
Aquino cited “tensions in the West brought about by the problems in Ukraine, the increasingly erratic weather patterns brought about by global climate change, the issues regarding the price of oil and the world market, the threat of pandemics like MERS-Corona Virus or Ebola, or selfish and senseless acts of violence as witnessed in Pakistan, Australia, Canada, or most recently in France” as among the many problems confronting the world community.
“We must also never forget how the vast majority of the world has responded to such trials. Instead of being daunted or wallowing in fear, we have chosen to hope. Instead of being divided by hatred, we have chosen to stand together and link arms, in order to alleviate the suffering and despair of others,” he said.
As President, Aquino said, he will never forget the support given by the international community after Typhoons Yolanda (Haiyan) and Hagupit (Ruby) and by other natural disasters.
He told his guests that only through working together can the world hurdle and overcome all obstacles.
“To those who have long been our friends and partners, may we deepen our relationships, toward uplifting all our peoples. To my colleagues in government, may we continue to serve the Filipino to the fullest of our abilities, with dedication, integrity and true compassion. To my countrymen, known for their resilience, optimism and genuine kindness, may we continue to draw strength from each other, as we tread the straight path,” Aquino said before offering a toast.
In response, the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, Archbishop Guiseppe Pinto, thanked the President for hosting the event, which, he said, “renews the bonds of friendship and collaboration between the Philippines and the many nations and international organizations.”