Sen. Emmanuel “Manny” D. Pacquiao delivered an inspiring speech to female enforcers at the first Asia Regional Women Leading Law Enforcement Conference, held on November 18, 2019, at Novotel Manila Araneta City, Quezon City.
Asia Regional Women Leading Law Enforcement Conference
The event was a 5-day conference held on November 18 to 22. This was launched by the U.S. Embassy, in partnership with the Philippine National Police and the Quezon City government. The event was the first conference of its kind in Southeast Asia, with 200 female law enforcers participating from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam, and the Philippines.
“Increasing the number of women in law enforcement is a global responsibility, and I am proud of the partnership between the United States, the Philippine National Police, and the Quezon City government to help Asia women law enforcement officers reach their full potential in law enforcement,” he added.
According to U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, the conference aims to advance women’s full participation in criminal justice professions globally.
‘Brave, strong, and fearless women’
During his speech for the event, Sen. Pacquiao expressed his appreciation to all the ‘brave, strong, and fearless women’ enforcers for accepting their duties and responsibilities for the public welfare.
“You are proactive women who refused to be confined by stereotypes and limited by circumstances,” he said.
The senator shared that he was greatly influenced by a fighter—his mother. This is why he shows his high respect and appreciation for women in every way he can.
He also encouraged the female enforcers to widen their horizons as they will be exposed to new learnings and opportunities throughout the conference. “The challenges that we face in the 21st century are greater than ever… That is why we innovate—embrace new and better ways of doing things.”
Sen. Pacquiao emphasized that with the participation of the region, it will result in solutions and not competition. He added, “We see each other as collaborators. Just imagine where creative cooperation among nations will take us.”
Lastly, he strongly advised female enforcers to “go ahead, be unafraid, be unapologetic. Never allow intimidation to manipulate you and hinder you from influencing our society and from inspiring humanity.”