Conference, Book Launch Starts off LP
60th Anniversary Celebrations
|Hong Kong Member of Parliament Martin
C.M. Lee, Senate President Franklin Drilon, Thailand Member
of Parliament Dr. Buranaj Smuthraks and Senator Mar Roxas
The Liberal Party of the Philippines started off its 60th anniversary
celebrations with a regional conference and a book launch on 19
January, 2006 in Makati City. The National Institute for Policy
Studies (NIPS) and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF) jointly
sponsored the seminar “Advancing Liberal Democracy
.” It brought together international and
local liberal leaders to talk about the birth, the gains and the
consolidation of democracy in the region.
Hong Kong Member of Parliament Martin C.M. Lee pointed out that
in order for democracy to exist there cannot be room for
corruption and cronyism. Thailand Member of Parliament
Dr. Buranaj Smuthraks elaborated by adding in order for liberal
democracy to prevail, political parties need to bridge the widening
gap between representative and participatory democracy. “We
must realize that, more than ever before, it is the people themselves
that play the most important role in the direction of liberal
democracy,” he said.
|Rep. Dina Abad and Rep. Neric
Acosta present the book to the public.
Following the conference, Liberal Philippines and FNF hosted the
book launching of The Dilemma of Philippine Campaign
. This book focuses on the 2004 campaign strategies
of Bukidnon Representative Neric Acosta and Batanes Representative
Dina Abad. Both are members of the Liberal Party of the Philippines.
“Democracy is about elections, and elections are won or
lost in electoral campaigns,” said FNF Resident Representative
Dr. Ronald Meinardus. “In this book, we have a description
of two campaigns that set new standards. My hope is that the book
will not only be read by researchers and academicians, but also
by new and old candidates for political office,” he concluded.
Dilemma of Philippine Campaign Politics is available
in all major bookstores.