Foundation Salutes Formation of L4, Pledges
|Dr. Meinardus addressing L4-delegates
The "Liberal Local Legislators League"
L4 – was formally launched in Manila on January 9th, 2004. This
new allied group of the Liberal Party
of the Philippines
(LP) is composed of vice-mayors, board members, city and municipal
vice mayors and local councillors.
Among the first well-wishers, Dr. Ronald Meinardus, the Resident
Representative of the Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation, said that
the creation of the new body is a further indication of the dynamism
of Philippine liberalism. Addressing the delegates from all parts
of the country, Dr. Meinardus said: Local autonomy is a key
principle of liberal politics. Therefore, this new liberal
network of local legislators is of strategic importance.” Dr.
Meinardus also said that the liberal Foundation would support
training activities for L4- members in cooperation with the National
Institute for Policy Studies (NIPS).
|The L4-Leadership (seated)
together with (L-R) USec. Chito Gascon, Gov. Tony Gallardo,
LP Sec-Gen. Rudy Bacani, and Dr. Meinardus
Also present at the L4-confrence were Senator
Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, Vice-Chairman of the Liberal Party
and LP Secretary General Congressman Rudy Bacani. Both highlighted
the recent enlargements of the Liberal Party. Said Congressman
Bacani: “More than a play of numbers it is our liberal ideology
of freedom that sets the Liberal Party apart from all the other
parties in the Philippines.”
to the conference drafted the L4-constitution and bylaws and also
elected the national leadership. Mr. Melvin Macusi, Councilor
of Sudipen, La Union was chosen as the first chairman.