2013 News Archive

2013-12-17 | News
Spread Fredo's Holiday Spirit
Send a Fredo electronic Christmas greeting card to your family and friends! Continue to spread the message of hope for a corruption-free society this holiday season. Customize your own card by visiting www.fnf.org.ph/greetingcard
2013-11-22 | News
Prof. Dr. Juergen Morlok at 20th CALD Anniversary:
The Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD) met 8-11 November in Manila (Philippines) to celebrate its 20th anniversary.
2013-11-21 | News
Abad: Make National Budget Responsive to Disasters and Climate Change
It's high time that we talk about the interplay between the market and government institutions, says Dr. Stella Quimbo, Professor at the U.P. School of Economics...
2013-11-20 | News
What Can Be Done to Adapt to Climate Change
'Yellow-Green Flag' Towns exemplify best practices that take us out of the framing of the theory or concepts. It's not just about climate change that we understand in scientific data and models.
2013-11-10 | News
Senator Aquino Believes in Filipino Resilience
In his Freedom Speech addressing the state of freedom in the Philippines, Senator Paolo Benigno "Bam" Aquino recognized the "more than usual number" of challenges the country has experienced this year, but expressed optimism that Filipinos will be able to rise again and move forward. "I am certain that our resilience will be able to carry us...
2013-11-10 | News
Freedom Flames in All Sectors: No Monopoly of Good Governance
14 individuals were awarded the Freedom Flames on 10 November 2013 for their commitment to good governance and freedom. Leaders from government, civil society...
2013-11-10 | News
Over 3000 Endorse Anti-Corruption Campaign
Dingdong Dantes, Marian Rivera, Noel Cabangon, Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte and Former Congressman Erin Tañada, along with 40 delegates from the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD) and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE)...
2013-11-10 | News
Thousands at FNF events say prayer for Leyte
When news of the number of casualties from super typhoon Yolanda reached Manila on 10 November 2013, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) made sure that the people present at its events spend a few moments of silence for the victims of the tragedy.
2013-11-09 | News
Watson: You Cannot Decriminalize Libel in a Free Society
"A free society needs strict laws on libel and slander: you cannot decriminalize libel in a free society," said Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE)...
2013-10-30 | News
Defense and Security is Everybody's Business
There is a paradigm shift on insurgency from AFP-PNP responsibility to everybody's responsibility. Peace and security can be fully achieved through the concerted and united efforts of all stakeholders, said Col. Rhoderick Parayno, Chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Human Rights Office at the Kapihan onAssessing the Human Rights...
2013-10-29 | News
Alternative Lawyering: Magis
Ateneo Human Rights Center (AHRC) concluded another internship program on 22 October 2013. Participated by 21 law students from universities all over the country during their semestral break, the training taught future lawyers to do more - magis, or the spirit of generous excellence.
2013-10-18 | News
N13: Creating Platforms for the Democratic Participation of Everybody
13 new facilitators emerged from the Training of Trainers organized by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) on October 17-18, 2013 in Antipolo City.
2013-10-10 | News
The Essence of Freedom on your Fingertips
"The Online Freedom Wall is a platform to discuss freedom, so that someone here in the Philippines can share with any other person across the globe what he or she thinks about freedom, and vice versa. It is an exchange of ideas, which is also the essence of freedom," said Jules Maaten, Country Director of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation...
2013-09-22 | News
German Elections Debated in Manila
The German elections on 22 September 2013 brought together Germans and Filipinos at the German Club in Makati City, all keen to see what would happen to chancellor Merkel's government coalition and to their favorite parties and politicians.
2013-09-20 | News
Kaya Natin to Touch People's Hearts
The terms politics and governance may be too academic, this was why the Kaya Natin! Movement for Good Governance & Ethical Leadership (KN), translated these concepts into issues like education, health, livelihood, and anti-corruption, matters that touch people's hearts.
2013-09-12 | News
Phl Needs Diskarte to Eradicate Corruption
The Philippines continues to battle with corruption, with more Filipinos becoming more involved in demanding honest and good governance. The "diskarte" (strategy) was to make the issue of corruption personal, and sustain awareness and education efforts.
2013-09-03 | News
Future's Best Leaders Learn Today's Best Environmental Practices
"Yellow-Green Flag" towns are local government units that implement sound environmental policies and pursue climate change adaptation programs.
2013-08-29 | News
Netizens Against Corruption
Online voting for The Freedom Project 2013 has started. 'The People's Choice' Award will go one of the nine entries that will gather the most number of online votes until 9 September 2013.
2013-08-18 | News
FLYing High to Change the Game
"We want to become movers and changers of Philippine political landscape," Filipino Liberal Youth (FLY) Chairman, Jyleazar Dela Rosa asserted during a Youth Strategy Planning Workshop on 16-18 in Guiguinto, Bulacan.
2013-08-11 | News
The Liberal Party: In (all) Good Conscience
The so-called 'conscience of the political party' converged in a three-day Youth Strategy Planning Workshop on 9-11 August in Antipolo City. Twenty (20) young leaders from the Kabataang Liberal (KL), one of Liberal Party of the Philippines' youth wings, actively interacted in the hope to better ground their organization on liberal principles...
2013-08-02 | News
There is Hope for Better Public Service
As the Philippines celebrates Jesse Robredo month this August, a new documentary featuring how the late Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) secretary empowered the marginalized, and how he is a good governance hero to a lot of Filipinos was launched on 02 August 2013 at Miriam College in Quezon City.
2013-07-19 | News
Good Governance is Good Politics
"Seek political power not for its own end, but as a means to actualize your plans for the community," said Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary MAR Roxas to 25 newly elected local executives. Provincial governors and vice governors, and city and municipal mayors gathered at the Liberal Party National Headquarters for...
2013-06-25 | News
Exporting Freedom
The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) celebrated its 50 years of international political work, with partners from all over the world sharing how the Foundation helped in strengthening liberal network that had made freedom "infectious."
2013-06-13 | News
Competition, Inclusive Growth Top Liberal Agenda
"We need to ensure that there is vibrant competition between our industries, and this means a discussion of the anti-trust legislation. This is in line with the commitment of our government to pursue a level playing field, and sustain economic growth for inclusive development," said Batanes Rep. Dina Abad at a forum...
2013-06-03 | News
The Freedom Project 2013 Focuses on Corruption
The Freedom Project 2013 is searching foranti-corruption programs to recognize initiatives by individuals, organizations, businesses, government and media to eradicate corruption.
2013-05-22 | News
It's All About Freedom - Reinventing Democratic Participation
The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) Philippine Office has been invited by the Council of Europe (COE) to present It's All About Freedom campaign at World...
2013-05-10 | News
Four Child Rights Heroes Emerge
A female superhero named Super Lady Strong who has the power to hear and immediately come to the rescue of children in trouble, with her sword and shield to protect kids and defend them from abuse, was introduced at the Child Rights Teaching and Learning for Kids (ChildTALK) seminar on May 8-10, 2013.
2013-04-28 | News
Freedom Run Lands on the Shores of Liberation
The third of four Freedom Runs this year happened in the home of warm and active Warays in Palo, Province of Leyte on 28 April. The venue of this advocacy run in the Visayas region is famous for the historical landing of the Americans that marked the beginning of Philippines' liberation from the Japanese during World War II.
2013-04-22 | News
Freedom Run: For the Leader-at-Heart Runner
On 20 April 2013, the Freedom Campaign found its way to the home of empowered citizenry in the south of the Philippines-- Butuan City, one of the progressive cities in Mindanao. Nearly 1200 Butuanon runners, comprised of youth, local leaders, government employees, athletes and non-government organizations, embraced Freedom
2013-04-21 | News
Political Will, Legal Guarantees Necessary for Competition Law
Competition experts identified independence and accountability, effective goal and priority setting, resource allocation and rules of interpretation and application of...
2013-04-17 | News
AHRC Summer Internship Program 2013
n the Ateneo Human Rights Center (AHRC), summer is more than beach trips, ice cold drinks, and long naps. In April and May, AHRC holds its Summer Internship Program (SIP) with the goal of enriching law students from all over the Philippines with knowledge in human rights.
2013-04-16 | News
Stinner Admiration for Filipino's persistence
While visiting the Philippines with a high ranking delegation of the German Bundestag, the foreign affairs spokesman of the liberal Free Democrat Party (FDP), Dr. Rainer Stinner, expressed his admiration for the persistence with which so many the Filipinos stuck to the path of reforms.
2013-04-15 | News
Academe Urges Collaboration in Environmental Governance
Collaborative governance across political jurisdictions and public-private sectors to improve government service functions to achieve the Millennium Development Goals
2013-04-12 | News
Zamboanga is Not for Sale
In a region where vote-buying is rampant, mayoralty candidate Beng Climaco led her constituents in a pledge to keep the integrity of the May 2013 elections. "We will safeguard our votes for the future of our children and of Zamboanga City," said Climaco to 1500 poll watchers on 11 April 2013.
2013-03-22 | News
Safeguarding the Elections in the Visayas and Mindanao Regions
Poll watchers from Visayas and Mindanao had the opportunity to participate in an orientation seminar on the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) procedures...
2013-03-21 | News
Celdran Launches Film on Free Speech
Cultural activist and reproductive health advocate Carlos Celdran, who was recently convicted for "offending religious feelings," launched a video entitled Free For All, which premiered on 21 March 2013 at R Space in Makati City.
2013-03-20 | News
Youth Takes on Measures of Freedom
Where does one start in strategizing and making changes? Knowing where one stands is the sensible first step to take. This is how significant the Freedom Barometer Asia is according to Miklos Romandy, Regional Project Coordinator at the FNF Regional Office Southeast and East Asia based in Bangkok.
2013-03-17 | News
Gumaca Wakes Up to Freedom
For the first time, on 17 March 2013, the Municipality of Gumaca in Quezon Province was awoken by 1524 runners who were determined to run for environmental protection, fair elections and freedom from corruption.
2013-03-12 | News
140 Poll Watchers Train to Safeguard Elections
An orientation seminar on the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) procedures in the mid-term elections, attracted 140 participants, all of whom were keen to ensure clean and orderly elections in May 2013.
2013-03-05 | News
Individuals, Civil Groups Launch Own Anti-corruption Campaign
Businessman Peping de Villa of Giga Enterprises finds it absurd that when he tries to renew permits for the operation of his stalls that sell natural products, he gets charged as low as P300 and up to P10,000 for fire clearance for the same size of store in the same city.
2013-02-28 | News
Anti-corruption Experts: Vote for Leaders Who Sustain Reforms
Civil society groups called on the public to vote for leaders who will sustain the reforms that the Aquino Administration has started, particularly on eradicating corruption.
2013-02-22 | News
Youth are the New Communicators
In this age of internet and social media, today’s youth who are technological savvy have gained the "power not only to disseminate information but to influence action." At the Online Communications Workshop on 22 February 2013 in Makati City
2013-02-08 | News
Westerwelle in Manila - Impressed with Fight Against Corruption
In a visit to Manila, German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle showed himself impressed with the progress that the Philippines made in combating the problem of corruption. After an extensive meeting with the liberal president of the Philippines, Benigno "PNoy" Aquino...
2013-02-05 | News
COMELEC Draws 'Cam-Pain' Procedures
"War has rules. Mud wrestling has rules. But political campaigns?," posed Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Spokesperson James Jimenez before 120 congressional staff at a seminar on election procedures for May 2013 on 05 February at the House of Representatives in Quezon City.
2013-01-24 | News
Competition: Do Not Deny Filipino Consumers Its Benefits
Almost a week before the Philippine Congress' election recess begins, Rep. Tom Apacible, Vice Chair of the House Committee on Trade & Industry, made a final push for House Bill
2013-01-23 | News
Political Parties, Journalist Sign Covenant Against Corruption
Political parties and candidates pledge not to engage in "envelopmental" journalism, and media practitioners and principals commit neither to accept nor solicit payment...
2013-01-07 | News
Year of Freedom
A number of significant events in 2012 allowed for greater freedom in the Philippines.