Everyone says Sept. 11 changed the world. How did it change your life?
That very night I sent word to President Bush that the Philippines stands behind him and is ready to do what needs to be done. It was very natural for us to be so early in our support. For one, the U.S. and the Philippines have been allies for a long time, and it was natural for us to be allies in the war against terrorism. Secondly, we've known terrorism in the southwestern part of the Philippines.