January 19, 2011
Liberals worldwide converge in Manila
Around 300 liberals from around the world will come to Manila for
the pre-eminent Liberal International (LI) Congress. Rep. Jun Abaya,
Secretary-General of the Liberal Party of the Philippines (LP) made
the announcement on 10 February 2011 that LP is honoured to host
the prestigious event. LI Secretary-General Emil Kirjas was also
present during the announcement.
“The theme of the congress will be Human Rights and Free
Trade. We need not go far to digest these two core liberal principles.
Just looking at our region, a lot of complexities and issues will
arise. There is an inverse proportional relationship between the
two. We expect a very good interaction at the Congress in June,”
said Abaya. LP President MAR Roxas will be the theme rapporteur.
The Congress’ website was also launched, and the video
teaser that plays “Manila” by the 80’s popular
band Hotdogs was shown to an audience of 100. The audio visual
presentation highlights the Philippines as the first democratic
republic in Asia, the home of people power, and being led by a
liberal government. The song goes “there is no place in
the world like Manila.”
LI is the world federation of liberal and progressive democratic
political parties where LP is the first Asian full member. “The
57th LI Congress will allow the membership from over 80 countries
to learn of Aquino’s ability to develop administration that
is a benchmark of good governance, and of a government that is
also able to show solidarity with the international community
in bringing issues like human rights, democracy and free trade
to the forefront,” expressed Kirjas.
LI member parties, including members of parliament, ministers,
diplomats, and heads of states, and representatives from liberal
institutions and think tanks are expected to participate in the
Congress. Liberal parties are now in government in such countries
as the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, U.K., Germany, Netherlands,
Denmark, Estonia, Sweden, Switzerland, Finland, Marocco, Slovenia,
Kenya, Malaysia, Kosovo and Senegal.