Presenting Liberal Agenda, Senator Pangilinan
Calls for Political Reforms
|Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan
In a talk before the Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation's Alumni Group
and other members of the liberal family in Makati City on September
18, 2003, the Chair of the Parliamentary Caucus of the Liberal
Party of the Philippines (LP), Senator Francis "Kiko"
Pangilinan, presented his political reform agenda. Senator Pangilinan,
who chairs the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights, highlighted
his efforts to push for policy changes in the following areas:
- Judicial reform and modernization
- Promotion of human rights and local autonomy, and
- Strengthening of political parties and electoral modernization
The LP-Senator stressed the importance of strengthening political
parties through public financing as a suitable way to counter
political corruption. "Election finance reform reduces the
influence of the moneyed elite and deters the greater evil of
drug money invading the political system," Pangilinan said.
Referring to the recent military mutiny and the Jose Pidal scandal,
the Senator called for an end to the gridlock in the Upper House
of Parliament. "The Senate is not the forum for political
assassination, intrigue and mudslinging," Pangilinan told
the audience. While as a liberal and democrat he values freedom
of speech, these freedoms should always be exercised responsibly,
the Senator stressed.
Senator Pangilinan addressed the bi-monthly meeting organized
by the FNF Alumni Group. Other speakers, thus far, have been former
Senator Jovito Salonga, Ambassador Jean De Kok (European Union),
Liberal Party-Congressman and Vice President for Mindanao, Dr.
Nereus Acosta and the President of the Liberal Party of the Philippines,
Congressman Florencio "Butch" Abad.
The full text of Senator Pangilinan's speech is documented in