Liberal Party President and CALD Chair
Honors Liberal Foundation
|(L-R) Hon. Sam Rainsy, Dr. Ronald Meinardus
and Sen. Franklin Drilon.
Senate President and President of the Liberal Party of the Philippines
(LP) Franklin Drilon was the keynote speaker at a dinner
jointly hosted by the Council of Asian Liberals
and Democrats (CALD) and the liberal Foundation at their premises
in Makati City on November 14, 2005. CALD organized the event
to honor the delegation of Cambodian parliamentarians and their
party leader Sam Rainsy who were in Manila for a meeting.
“We are honoured and proud that the Senate president has
chosen our venue for his first official appearance as
new CALD chairman,” said Dr. Ronald Meinardus,
resident representative of the Friedrich Nauman Foundation, in
his welcoming remarks. Only recently, President Chen Shui-bian
of Taiwan turned over the CALD chairmanship of his country’s
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to the Liberal Party of the
Philippines. Attending the gathering was also Mr. Hubertus von
Welck, the new regional director of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation
In his speech, the LP-leader expressed his solidarity with his
fellow liberals from Cambodia and closed on a more general note:
“Getting freedom is one thing; maintaining it is another.
The last few decades saw the emergence of democratic nations in
Asia. This is something we should celebrate. But much work needs
to be done. Many countries continue to be under authoritarian
and semi-authoritarian regimes. Even democratic countries must
not rest on their laurels, for democracy has its relentless
enemies. Hence it must be zealously guarded.”
You may view the full text of the speech here.