President Manuel L. Quezon addresses the National Assembly on October 18, 1937, with a speech remembered to this day for its theme on social justice.
Our people are patient and law-abiding. They love peace. They have not lost their faith either in the executive, the legislative, or the judicial branch of the Government. As the Government is now in the hands of their own countrymen, they have become hopeful and are placing the realization of their dream for a better day in our clearer understanding of their lot, our better knowledge of conditions prevailing in the country, and in what should be the natural craving of our hearts to serve them with all the power at our command—they who are flesh of our flesh and blood of our blood.