From the first State of the Nation Address of President Corazon Aquino, delivered on July 27, 1987:
When this session opened, the great powers of the State that were united in my person divided, and a portion has flowed to you. I have felt no loss but rather a great sense of achievement. The great work we set out to do, for which the nation made me its single leader, is completed. We have this day opened the door of Asian democracy’s most famous home: the Congress of the Republic of the Philippines. With the portion of power that has gone to you goes the shared responsibility to maintain the people’s faith in Government.
While I held total power in my hands, and even after I had scattered the enemies of democracy, I kept ever in mind that power and glory are fleeting. That, in times to come, in the words of Gandhi, “the people will not judge us by the creed we profess or the label we wear or the slogans we shout but by our work, industry, sacrifice, honesty and purity of character.”
Above: President Corazon Aquino is joined by Speaker Ramon V. Mitra and Senate President Jovito Salonga.