LP, Liberal Foundation Confirm Partnership
President and Liberal Party (LP) head Frank Drilon hands over
to Friedrich Nauman Foundation (FNF) Regional Director for
East and Southeast Asia Uwe Johannen, a copy of the LP strategic
plan towards the promotion of liberal democracy in the Philippines.
Also in photo are Commission on Appointments Secretary Art
Tiu, FNF Manila Resident Representative Dr. Ronald Meinardus,
Drilon’s Chief of Staff Tony Gallardo and incoming LP
Director General Chit Asis. FNF has conducted programs of
civic education in the Philippines since 1986. (Photo by Albert
During a visit to Manila, the Regional Director for East and
South East Asia of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, Mr. Uwe Johannen,
paid a courtesy call on Senate President and Liberal Party (LP)
President Frank Drilon. At the meeting, attended also by the Foundation’s
Resident Representative in the Philippines, Dr. Ronald Meinardus
and newly-appointed LP Director General Chit Asis, the LP president
expressed the Party’s wish “to further expand
the partnership between the LP and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation
to the mutual benefit of both organizations.”
Referring to the LP’s strategic plan for the coming years,
the Party president stressed the importance of political communication
and the need to train journalists and media-workers. He also referred
to the ongoing recruitment drive of the Liberal
In the process of joining the party, the new members are invited
to participate in orientation seminars on liberal democracy. These
activities are conducted by National Institute for Policy Studies
(NIPS), the liberal think tank and co-sponsored by the Friedrich
LP President Drilon also emphasized the importance of
international cooperation among liberal parties and commended
the role of the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD).
Over the years, numerous LP-members have participated in international
programs organized by CALD.
The Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats is the main regional
partner of the liberal Foundation in East and South East Asia.
The CALD secretariat is located in Makati City and shares offices
with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation.