“If they want to celebrate EDSA in Cebu; if they want to celebrate EDSA in Baguio; if they want to celebrate EDSA in Mindanao, let it be. But for you, EDSA Shrine community, stand on this ground because here on this ground, you and I and God had a brief loving encounter for four days and history cannot be changed anymore.”
Socrates Villegas, in a homily delivered at the EDSA Shrine on February 25, 2014; people reacted when the Philippine president celebrated EDSA Day in Cebu and in provinces devastated by super typhoon Yolanda.
“I apologize if we couldn’t act even faster.”
Benigno S. Aquino III, President of the Philippines; when a high school student from Tacloban City berated the government’s slow response to the Yolanda disaster; Manila auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo advised the president to substantiate his apology by fast-tracking rehabilitation efforts in the Visayas.
“You know, like I said, managing is not an easy profession. And he is a very poor manager, we know that. He is a good man, he is an honest man, but he is an awful manager.”
Sergio Osmeña, chair of the Senate Committee on Energy and key political ally of President Aquino; blamed the president and his energy secretary for the country’s worsening power woes.
“We try very hard not to make it look like we are running the investigation, even if we more or less are.”
Bernard Loeb, former head of aviation safety at the National Transportation Safety Board in America; on the ongoing investigation of the Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 that vanished without a trace until press time. The Americans were sent to help the Malaysians which ironically are regarded as the world’s foremost experts on crash investigation and on the technology of Boeing 777.
“Pope Francis has underscored, and put a special emphasis on prayer as a diplomatic tool.”
Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican’s secretary of state from 2006 to 2013; disclosed to the media that the present pope uses prayer in papal diplomacy as proven by Pope Francis’ call for a day of prayer and fasting on September 7 last year to address the crisis in Syria and lately in Ukraine, Venezuela and many countries encountering grave difficulty.