The president of the PS, Carlos César, considered the speech of the President of the Republic "especially mobilizing" and defended that the state must "be able to respond to phenomena such as the emergence of corruption" or "abuse of power".
"The speech of the President of the Republic is especially mobilizing in what is good in our country and is also especially mobilizing for those who think that our country needs to improve," said Socialist parliamentary leader Carlos César.
According to the president of the parliamentary group of the PS, it is "very important, on this Day of Portugal", to have the "value consciousness" that the country has and what "overseas" and "has gone well."
"From what has generated confidence in our own country, with citizens, with investors," but at the same time it is also necessary to be aware of what "has gone less well," he said.
For Carlos César, "fortunately, for phenomena such as corruption, only democracy gives them answers, because in dictatorship they are not recognized and often not even known."
The leader of the parliamentary group of the PS spoke to journalists after the speech of the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, at the ceremony of the Day of Portugal, Camões and Portuguese Communities, in Portalegre.
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa argued that Portugal is much more than weaknesses or mistakes, but warned that new or old collective failures can not be omitted, nor should corruption, bankruptcy of justice or indignation be minimized.
Carlos César defended that it is "in an improvement of the social and economic situation" of the country and "of the expectations of the families and the people that all" should be committed in Portugal.
"First of all, by fulfilling what we are committed to when, in various capacities, politicians apply for the exercise of power. It is very important that the improvement of the confidence of the Portuguese in their elected representatives occurs, "he said.
And for that to happen, "it is also very important" that politicians "improve the satisfaction of their commitments," he added.
The State, said Carlos César, must also be "able to respond to phenomena such as the emergence of corruption, manifestations of abuse of power or the failures that public services themselves still have."
Insisting that "many good things are happening" in Portugal, which stands out today, throughout the European Union, "for the improvement of economic growth and disposable income of families," Carlos César recalled that the country has lived "an extended period of disinvestment in public services "and" in the State ", so" now it is necessary to reinvest with more capacity, with more strength and with better results ".
"In any case, I believe that we live in a country that trusts in its democracy and, if all these defects and these inadequacies are known, it is because we live in democracy and not in dictatorship."