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Liberal Example of Leadership: Jovito Salonga
2007 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Government Service

Wednesday, 29 Oct 2008

Episode #032
(27:36 min 25.2MB)
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Former Senator Jovito Salonga recalls vividly the Liberal Party’s proclamation rally in Plaza Miranda on 21 August 1971. He recounts how before he was about to speak, unknown assailants hurled two grenades on stage. He remembers being rushed to the hospital more “dead than alive,” and how his doctors only gave him a 5 percent chance to live. The former senator speaks of the mystery of his return to life and of his painful road to recovery. Now at 88, he looks back on his years of service at the Presidential Commission on Good Governance and his three terms in the Senate.

Kilosbayan Vice President Quintin Doromal introduces his good friend Jovito Salonga. He speaks of the former senator’s many accomplishments, but he also narrates little known facts. One such fact is how former Sen. Salonga donated his Ramon Magsaysay prize money to various causes.

The music is provided by Dieter Bachmann.

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Liberal Example of Leadership: Jesse Robredo
2000 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Government Service

Tuesday, 28 Oct 2008

Episode #031
(18:35 min 17.8MB)
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Naga City Mayor Jesse Robredo explains that his Ramon Magsaysay Award is his people’s affirmation of their continuing quest for meaningful politics and governance. He describes the city’s history of active citizen participation and their tradition of seeking out new ideas through debates and discourse. Some of their ideas such as the peace zone, i-governance and tripartite partnership for social housing have been hailed among the world’s best practices.

Dr. Milwida Guevara, 2008 Gawad Haydee Yorac Awardee for Public Service, introduces Jesse Robredo as a young man who set out to slay the dragons of Naga City: poverty, corruption, inefficient public service and Jueteng. Armed with the weapons of honor, vision, sincerity and competence, he transformed a city in disarray into one that is multi-awarded and a model of good governance.

The music is provided by Dieter Bachmann.

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Forwarding the Democratic Agenda in Asia
Monday, 28 Jul 2008

Episode #030
(33:58 min 31.1MB)
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Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan, Ph.D., speaks on the evolution of ASEAN 41 years ago out of a shared vision for peace, stability, security and prosperity in the region. He describes how it gave rise to other architectures of cooperation such as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation and Asia-Europe Meeting. These have led to greater collaboration with the international community.

However in the face of growing global competition from China and India, ASEAN has to become more relevant. It has thus created a charter to respond to the challenges of the region. He explains that this will give ASEAN a legal personality and consolidate the collection of diverse countries into a successful community. Dr. Pitsuwan admits that the charter could be better in allowing more participation and promotion of human rights. He agrees that we expect more from ASEAN, but argues that this is a start. The price of democracy and liberal values in the region is vigilance and support for an existing structure. In order for ASEAN to deliver the values of individual freedom, rule of law and good governance, it has to be strong and significant. The first step is to ratify the charter.

Six countries have already endorsed the charter. The Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and Myanmar are still reviewing it.

The music is provided by Dieter Bachmann.

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Freedom, Rule of Law and Democratic Institutions
Friday, 27 Jun 2008

Episode #029
(12:10 min 11.7MB)
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Senator Manuel “MAR” Roxas II talks about how freedom, the rule of law and democracy are essential to nation building. Without them, a society’s development will be stunted and poverty will deepen. However as necessary as these are, it is not enough. A change of mindset is also needed.

For example, it is not only the Philippine elite who oppose an objective, rules-based system. The poor are hesitant as well. They have no confidence that this will treat them better if not equal to their present situation. As such, they prefer the safety net of the padrino (godfather) system.

Empowerment is thus the response to the poor's inclination for the status quo. People need to invest in the democratic process to make it work. For that, education is needed.

The music is provided by Dieter Bachmann.

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