• My father offered his life so our democracy could live. My mother devoted her life to nurturing that democracy. I will dedicate my life to making our democracy reach its fullest potential: that of ensuring equality for all. My family has sacrificed much and I am willing to do this again if necessary.

    Inauguration speech of His Excellency Benigno Aquino III, President of the Philippines, at Quirino Grandstand in Manila (translated from Filipino), June 30, 2010.
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