December 18, 2007
Liberalism and Democracy in Asia: the
Contribution of the Liberal Party of the Philippines
LP President MAR Roxas and Mrs. Drilon toast former Sen. Drilon.
The Liberal Party of the Philippines
has held the leadership of the
Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD)
for the last
two years. Former Senator Franklin Drilon served as chairman while
Dr. Neric Acosta was secretary-general. In tribute
to their contributions
to CALD and the cause of
liberalism worldwide, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF) and
CALD honored former Sen. Drilon and Dr. Acosta on 18 December 2007
in Quezon City.
LP President MAR Roxas toasted former Sen. Drilon’s principled
leadership, and former representative Dina Abad spoke
of Dr. Acosta’s ability to bridge cultural gaps
and bring political leaders from different backgrounds
together. Siegfried Herzog, FNF resident representative, pointed
out the significant role that former Sen. Drilon and Dr. Acosta
had played in bringing Philippine and Asian liberal concerns to
a wider audience.
Former Rep. Dina Abad thanks Dr. Acosta. John Coronel, former
CALD executive director, looks on.
Usually all politics is local, but that evening the wider context
in which the LP forms part of a global network
of like-minded people was emphasized. This was largely due to the
work of Sen. Drilon and Dr. Acosta.
“The time and effort they have devoted to international
work has raised the standing of Filipino liberals and of the Philippines
as a democratic nation,” said Herzog. “They have enriched
the political debate, and they have enabled other Filipino liberals
to share in this exchange of ideas and experiences,” he
added. “The LP can be proud to have such leaders.”