How do you think we can foster the values that were seen during EDSA?
We can learn these things only through internalization. And that just means that you need to keep repeating the core values, the buzzwords and the important virtues to yourself. And to reinforce that further, you must experience some of these values in real actions. Otherwise, they will just end up being theories that are not put into projects, programs, not to mention the gross domestic product, or sustainable development.
Do you think that the youth can use these values in preparation for the upcoming elections?
Early in my political career (and I was the only amateur in a field of six heavyweights; I was one lightweight starting in late 1981), I adopted a set of buzzwords that represent core values as individuals. And collective, cooperative spirit. As a team looking at the Philippines as one national team. So, it’s very simple. As individuals, people should be caring, sharing, daring. These are the names of three very beautiful Filipina girls — Caring, Sharing, Daring. Caring and sharing are easy enough to do, ‘cause we’re naturally helpful, generous, compassionate. And sometimes even forgiveness. To give more than to take. Let’s look for candidates who are like that. Select them.
It also means daring to sacrifice for the common good. And in terms of the world community, it means daring to take collective action in order to make a difference. So it’s a tough assignment to be daring. Now, in terms of the collective spirit, the group must have only one mission in life. For me, it’s very simple. For Filipinos, I think all of us want to have a better future than the future I was faced with when I was your age. And you’ll want your children — a future for your children better than the future that you’re facing now. So this unity of purpose is to have a better future for everyone.