2012 News Archive

2012-12-19 | News
Youth on Reproductive Health Bill
On 17 December 2012, while debates and voting on the Reproductive Health Bill were going on in the Philippine Congress, youth leaders from the Kabataang Liberal (KL), Filipino Liberal Youth (FLY), and Kaya Natin! Movement for Good Governance & Ethical Leadership (KN) were in a video workshop in Makati City.
2012-12-11 | News
Public Engages in Philippine Human Rights Agenda
Participants at the annual human rights forum on 7 December 2012 in Quezon City were reminded to vote wisely in the 2013 elections: "those that will advocate and fight for human rights alongside the people not only at the national level, but also at the local levels," said Rose Trajano of PAHRA.
2012-12-11 | News
More Brave Souls Against Corruption
"People that fight corruption are brave souls," said Concepcion 'Chit' Asis at the launch of her book Citizen's Primer Against Corruption at the Father Saturnino Urios University in Butuan City (Mindanao) on 10 December 2012.
2012-12-06 | News
Celebrating Freedom Milestones in 2012
We have always fought for our freedom from oppressive leaders, we are now challenged to use the measure of freedom that we now enjoy to push the bar a little higher, to take steps a little farther, from what we are expected," said Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Commissioner Grace Padaca in her Freedom Speech
2012-12-04 | News
Drilon Gets Freedom Flame for Sin Tax
Senator Franklin Drilon, who shepherded the passage of the sin tax reform bill in the Senate, is being awarded the Freedom Flame for his efforts in pushing for one of President Aquino’s urgent bills.
2012-11-30 | News
'Yellow-Green Flags' Up in Three Local Governments
Calbayog City, Samar; Teresa, Rizal and San Francisco Municipality in Camotes Islands, Cebu were cited as model local governments in environmental protection and climate change adaptation. At the Climate Change Governance Priority Summit on 29 November 2012
2012-11-28 | News
Stamping Out Corruption in the Media
In the Philippines, studies conducted by public relation firms and media operatives shows an estimate of 85% of media people are corrupt, and this is expected to increase to 90% in the upcoming election season.
2012-11-28 | News
Kapitan Karapatan: Empowering Children
Every child is another kid's superhero. At the Child Rights Training and Learning for Kids (ChildTALK) on 24 November 2012, 15 children from Barangay Paangbundok, Quezon City, are transformed into child rights superhero as they learned about child abuse and exploitation, and how to prevent and report such incidents.
2012-11-28 | News
Climate Change Disasters Cause an Economic Rethink
A disaster prone country like the Philippines needs to rethink how economic growth takes place, and especially where. This was the message that Secretary Neric Acosta, presidential advisor on the environment, gave at the annual meeting of the Philippine Economic Society (PES) in Manila.
2012-11-27 | News
Gov 101: Understand Your Government
Transparency has two aspects: One is that government should have no secrets and should disseminate all information, but on the other side is the capability building of the citizenry to understand, said Senator TG Guingona III at the launch of Gov 101: A New Voter's Guide to the Philippine Government
2012-11-21 | News
25 Years of Alternative Lawyering
Since 1987, the Ateneo Human Rights Center (AHRC) has trained 800 law students on human rights advocacy and alternative lawyering. 25 years after, these former interns who are now full-fledged lawyers still choose to work for the marginalized groups and vulnerable sectors of the Philippine society, providing them greater access to justice.
2012-10-29 | News
Social Media: Watch and Learn
The emerging consumption model for news is that social networks are now the entity that feed information to television, newspapers and radio. "If you are not yet ready to engage online, at least be an observer," advised Presidential Communications...
2012-10-24 | News
3000 Run Against Corruption
More than 3000 runners joined the Freedom Run by the Lake on 21 October 2012 at Laguna Lake in Club Manila East, Taytay, Rizal. Many of the participants, who ran three or 10 kilometers wearing 'i am free from corruption' shirts,...
2012-10-17 | News
Thumbs Up for Freedom
17 October 2012 - Fredo has arrived. The boy with the playful grin, who derives his name from the word Freedom (and who in Germany would be called Friedrich), stands for individual choice. He was introduced to the Philippines by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF).
2012-10-11 | News
Filipino Liberals Discuss Free Trade with EU
A seven-member delegation of the Liberal Party of the Philippines is currently in Brussels, Belgium to discuss "Free Trade, Open Markets and Liberal Democracy – Relations of the EU and the Philippines in the context of ASEAN," a relevant issue as talks about the Philippines' preparedness for the ASEAN economic bloc persist.
2012-10-08 | News
Freedom Campaign takes a 'Step Forward'
The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) will join this year's Mabuhay Germany, an annual event to mark Germany's reunification and an occasion to celebrate German-Philippine relations.
2012-10-05 | News
Freedom Run Countdown: Register in the Anti-Corruption Campaign
Two weeks to go before the Freedom Run by the Lake happening on 21 October 2012 in Taytay, Rizal.
2012-10-02 | News
Padaca: We need reform candidates in 2013
Former governor and Kaya Natin! (KN) Champion Grace Padaca admitted that reform in the local level is still needed. "It is in these elections where candidates from Kaya Natin! can make a difference.
2012-09-24 | News
Hour Before Dawn Recounts 'Darkest Hour' of Supreme Court
Renowned investigative journalist Marites Vitug launched the book Hour Before Dawn on 21 September 2012 at Fully Booked in Bonfacio Global City
2012-09-11 | News
Protection of Women & Children Tops Freedom Project
Bahay Silungan sa Daungan or Port Halfway House (BSD), a program of the Philippine...
2012-09-06 | News
3000 Run by the Lake
3000 runners are expected to join the 2012 Freedom Run By The Lake with the theme i am free from corruption, on 21 October 2012 in Taytay, Rizal.
2012-08-28 | News
Farewell, Secretary Robredo.
Thank you for living out your dreams of a better Filipino nation.
2012-08-22 | News
Leaders Alter Beliefs in Governance
The Philippines grieves the loss of one of its greatest public servants who died in a plane crash on 18 August 2012.
2012-08-14 | News
Political Parties Agree on Reform Bill
Political parties in the Philippines gathered on August 10-12, 2012 in Manila to discuss the Political Party Development Act of 2011 (PPDA) that is currently pending in Congress.
2012-08-13 | News
Vote for your Freedom
The Freedom Project 2012 online voting starts today, 13 August 2012. There are 21 projects nominated to compete for the jury and the people's choice awards.
2012-08-10 | News
I Am Free - To Help
Floods brought about by heavy rains for three days that started on 06 August 2012 destroyed properties and took away lives.
2012-07-25 | News
FOI Ripe for Approval
Rep. Erin Tañada, author of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill and Atty. Nepomuceno Malaluan of the Right to Know Right Now! Coalition lobbied for support for the bill
2012-07-05 | News
SEA of Democracy
Read about the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom's (FNF) work in the Southeast and East Asia Region
2012-07-03 | News
Governance Means Finding Balance
"Let us bring economy and ecology to a clearer discourse," challenged Philippine Presidential Adviser on Environmental Concerns Secretary Neric Acosta
2012-06-15 | News
Right to Peace and Development Highlighted in ASEAN HR Declaration
Ambassador Rosario Manalo, Philippine Representative to the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR),
2012-06-11 | News
Freedom is in You
As the Philippines celebrates its 114th Year of Independence, we ask ourselves "are we really free enough?"
2012-06-01 | News
Integrity Determines Freedom
Tips on campaigning were shared among 30 electoral candidates, congressional chiefs of staff and political officers at the Strategic Political Communications Workshop
2012-05-28 | News
Campaign for your Dreams
"If you are running for elections only because you consider this as a job and this has been a business for your family, then politics is not for you.
2012-05-18 | News
Philippine Leadership on Human Rights Needed
Calling on the Philippines to increase its leadership on human rights issues within the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)
2012-05-10 | News
Historic Point for Competition Policy in the Philippines
At a gathering of Liberal Party (LP) members to discuss Competition Law in the country, competition expert Tony Abad said that Congress under the Aquino Administration
2012-05-08 | News
The Freedom Project 2012
In 2011, The Liberal Project recognized seven initiatives that promote freedom and empowerment. This year, the search for outstanding programs continues under a new banner – The Freedom Project.
2012-04-26 | News
Disaster-preparedness: Common Sense Leads to Timeless Freedom
Thirty mayors, deputy mayors and a vice-governor got together in Manila, April 25-26 for the “I Am Prepared” seminar on good governance as mitigation and adaptive measure to climate change.
2012-04-25 | News
I Run for Integrity Towards a New Philippines 2012
ollowing the highly successful first running event organized by Integrity Initiative in May last year, the organizers are staging another run on May 6, 2012 at the Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
2012-04-22 | News
600 Footballers Played Against Corruption in Freedom Cup
“The Freedom Cup raised our awareness on the ‘i am free from corruption’ advocacy. As players, we were able to appreciate freedom more. And we had fun through football. It was an excellent tournament!,”
2012-04-14 | News
150 Political Scientists Say Climate Change a Pressing Issue
Climate change and the Mindanao peace process were among the important issues discussed in the 50th anniversary conference of the Philippine Political Science Association (PPSA) held from April 12 to 14, 2012 at Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro City.
2012-04-12 | News
25 Years of Alternative Lawyering
The Ateneo Human Rights Center's (AHRC) Internship Program is celebrating its 25 years of training students in providing legal assistance to vulnerable and marginalized sectors and communities
2012-03-29 | News
Kill 'Vampire Energy'
Jitendra Shah of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) introduced the participants of the conference entitled Changing the Climate Towards Good Governance to the term ‘vampire energy’
2012-03-27 | News
Climate Change Conference Highlights Integrity in Managing Resources
"We need to reconfigure institutions, rethink the kind of integrity that leaders have to put forth when we talk about good governance in managing resources and the way we respond to climate change,"
2012-03-22 | News
Over 101 Ways to Adapt to Climate Change
A total of 124 entries were submitted to acCLICKmatize, a photo contest on adaptive measures on climate change organized by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF).
2012-03-07 | News
Youth Should Dream Big, Make Philippines a Better Place
"With my condition, I didn’t even dream of going to Catubig. But no one is small, weak or insignificant to make the Philippines a better place to live in,"
2012-03-05 | News
Battle for Truth or of Legal Skills?
In a gathering of alumni of the International Academy for Leadership (IAF) of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF), the group composed of lawyers, civil society leaders, academicians and politicians discussed how they could help in ferreting out the truth in the impeachment case against Supreme Court Justice Renato Corona.
2012-03-04 | News
Youth Discuss Environmental "LAWS"
"Land, Air, Water and Sun (LAWS) constitute the universe that gives life to man”-- this, according to Secretary Neric Acosta"
2012-02-12 | News
FNF Philippines Anniversary Video: 25 Years in the Making
The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) documents its 25 years in the Philippines in a video where its contributions to strengthening liberal democracy in the country are narrated by liberal leaders including Liberal Party President MAR Roxas.
2012-02-10 | News
Philippines Marginalized Without Free Trade
University of the Philippines (UP) Economics Professor Winnie Monsod pushed for the Philippines to engage in free trade, saying that refusal to be part of the global market will result in the Philippines being left behind or becoming marginalized.
2012-01-17 | News
Adapt to Climate Change: acCLICKmatize
Tell us how the Philippines can adapt to climate change through your camera lenses. Capture ways on how the country can respond to the heightened risks of disasters brought about by intense atmospheric conditions.
2012-01-09 | News
Liberal Projects Empower
"Empowerment is the common theme that characterizes the liberal projects. They develop the knowledge, skills and abilities of people to control and shape their own destinies. As liberals, we always put premium on the empowerment of individuals."
2012-01-04 | News
Freedom Campaign Levels Up for 2012
2011 ended with a bang with the successful culmination of the 25th anniversary celebration of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) Philippine Office on 06 December 2011 at the Filipinas Heritage Library, Makati City.