Primer on Liberalism Launched
|"Liberalism: a Primer"
author Dr. July Teehankee and Rep. Neric Acosta heads the
The National Institute for Policy Studies (NIPS) and the Friedrich
Naumann Foundation (FNF) unveiled Liberalism: A Primer,
a compilation of the basic tenets of liberalism
12, 2005 at Quezon City. The 24-page book was authored by Prof.
Dr. July Teehankee, the newly elected managing trustee of the
Philippine liberal think tank. The booklet summarizes two years
of debates among leading exponents of the Liberal Party.
NIPS intends to use the primer in all its training seminars and
distribute it to members of the Liberal Party (LP), government
officials, organizations, corporations and also public libraries.
“This book is a first step towards transforming
the political culture in this country towards platform based political
parties,” said Congressman Dr. Nereus Acosta, the
chairman of NIPS.
In his congratulatory message, Dr. Ronald Meinardus, FNF Resident
Representative, called the launching of the book a “cause
for celebration”. He added that the publication is timely
as it coincides with many political debates in the liberal camp.
“One crucial condition for programmatic work and discussions
in a political party is the knowledge of the common ideological
roots, this is where the primer comes in”, Dr.
The launching event was attended by well over one hundred members
and friends of the Liberal Party, among them governors, members
of Congress, allied organizations and the media.
Following a recommendation by LP President Senator Franklin Drilon,
NIPS and FNF are jointly working on the translations of
the primer into Filipino and Cebuano.