June 28, 2010
Farewell Siggi, Welcome Jules
The outgoing and incoming FNF Philippines Resident Representatives
Mr. Siegfried Herzog (left) and Mr. Jules Maaten (right)
Senator Franklin Drilon thanked him for his steadfast support
during the critical times of the Liberal
in 2006. Secretary Butch Abad commended him for his intelligent
analysis of Philippine political events
. Senator MAR Roxas,
in a video message, acknowledged his contributions to forwarding
and expressed his gratitude as a friend.
At a farewell reception on 28 June 2010, these and many more endearing
messages sent off Siegfried Herzog who served as Friedrich Naumann
Foundation for Liberty (FNF) Philippine Office’s Resident
Representative from September 2006 to May 2010. Siggi, as he is
fondly called by colleagues and friends was promoted as Regional
Director for South
where he will be based in New Delhi, India.
Siggi is well regarded for his scholarly views in politics as
well as in economics. Recently, he was quoted in newspapers for
his analysis of the Philippine situation where he attributed the
death of Former President Cory Aquino and the election of Jejomar
Binay to the theory of the Black Swan. He explained that these
two events were totally unforeseen, but had high impact. Siggi
also worked in popularizing the Economic
Freedom of the World (EFW) report that is becoming a
standard reference material on economic indexes.
The activity on 28 June welcomed Jules Maaten as new Resident
Representative of FNF Philippines as well. Jules was a member
of the European Union (EU) parliament from 1999 to 2009. He became
a leading MEP on environmental as well as public health issues.
He prioritized consumer, economic, and monetary affairs, and he
was active on international issues such as EU-Asia relations,
human rights, children's rights, fighting human trafficking, internet
freedom and democracy.
Jules has worked with several members of the Liberal Party when
he was an MEP, and also dating back to when he was President of
the International Federation of
Liberal Youth (IFLRY) and Secretary-General of Liberal
International (LI). In welcoming Jules, Chito Gascon, Managing
Trustee of the National Institute
for Policy Studies (NIPS), said that he was confident of a
stronger and more fruitful partnership between FNF and NIPS.
Dr. Rainer Adam, Southeast and
East Regional Director, conveyed that Siggi will be dearly
missed, yet he was proud to have Jules to head the Philippine
Office under a Liberal President.
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