We mourn the passing of our fellow countrymen. Our hearts go out to their loved ones. In light of this painful event, I call on our colleagues in government to do what we can to modernize our economy so that our people would seek gainful employment here at home rather than elsewhere. Hindi sana nangyari ito kung hindi na nila kinailangan pang sumugal sa kapalaran sa ibang bansa.
In addition we need to go after heartless illegal recruiters, corrupt immigration officials, and drug traffickers who operate with impunity in our country. Our fellow countrymen is being used as drug mules is just the tip of the iceberg, so they say. The bigger issue facing us is an inept justice system and an economy that cannot support its population. Let this be our motivation to give our people what they truly deserve: a just and progressive Philippines.