Workshop Presses For Political Party
|Dr. Nereus Acosta (LP executive vice
president), former Cong. Atty Eduardo Nachura and ANC Journalist
Ricky Carandang pay attention to Ramon Casiple of IPER.
“Legislative Initiatives on Political Party System Reforms,”
was the topic of a workshop organized by the National Institute
for Policy Studies (NIPS) in cooperation with the Friedrich Naumann
Foundation (FNF) in Pasig City on May 23, 2005.
The objective of the half-day workshop was to update members
of the liberal family about pending legislative initiatives in
both Houses of Congress aimed at reforming the political party
“If we survey the world, we will see that the more
stable countries are those that have strong platform based political
parties,” said Undersecretary of the Department
of Education Atty. Jose Luis Martin “Chito” Gascon.
The former executive director of NIPS has been at the forefront
of the initiatives to strengthen the Philippine political party
system for many years.
At the workshop, the various bills related to political party
reform were presented and discussed; such as those dealing with
such vital issues as campaign financing, public funding of party
organizations and the prohibition of political “turncoatism”.
“The Senate and the House bills are practically the same,”
said Roman Casiple, the Executive Director of the Institute for
Political and Electoral Reforms, and he expressed optimism that
they would soon be passed.
In his opening remarks, FNF Resident Representative Dr. Ronald
Meinardus emphasized the strategic importance of political reforms:
“You have to put your political house in order before
the economy can flourish, and poverty overcome.”
Wrapping up the workshop, former Representative and NIPS Trustee
Atty. Eduardo Nachura announced that he would present a position
paper to the leadership of the Liberal Party supporting
the legislative measures aimed at the reform of the Philippine
political party system.