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Last November, 2006, for the first time in the 13-year history of the Council
of Asian Liberals & Democrats (CALD), our Executive Committee meeting
was held outside Asia — in Marrakech, Morocco.

This was in line with the 54th International Congress of Liberal International,
an event that was characterized by the attendance of a large Asian
contingent and an unprecedented number of speakers and panel presenters
from our region.

The occasion was made more auspicious with the awarding of the
prestigious Prize of Freedom to our good friend, Sam Rainsy, leader of the
opposition of the Kingdom of Cambodia and former CALD chairman. Sam
Rainsy is in good company and among the past awardees are Taiwan
President and former CALD Chair Chen Shui-bian, Nobel Laureate Aung
San Suu Kyi, former Philippine President Corazon Aquino, and Hong Kong’s
Martin Lee.

During this congress, Sam Rainsy Party and the Malaysian People’s
Movement Party (Gerakan) were accepted as observers and Dr. Martin
Lee, founding chairman of the Democratic Party of Hong Kong, was named
as LI individual member. More and more from CALD are joining LI after the
Liberal Parties of the Philippines and Sri Lanka and the Democratic
Progressive Party of Taiwan.

A few decades ago, most Asian countries were under dictatorships. Now,
it is becoming a leading beacon for liberalism and democracy. Yet despite
Asia’s successes in democracy and development, more needs to be done.

To this day Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is still under house arrest and the
strength of the Burmese military dictatorship has not waned. Cambodia
remains, in the words of Sam Rainsy, a mere “façade of democracy.”
Singaporean opposition leader, Dr. Chee Soon Juan, after being declared
bankrupt, continues to be politically harassed and persecuted. Thailand

    and the Philippines, two countries that not too long ago were considered
    as democratic icons in Asia, are both under political crises. Thailand is
    ruled by a military government, while questions regarding the legitimacy
    of the Philippine president’s rule continue to hound her troubled
    administration, a situation that has had negative repercussions in our
    country’s political and economic life.

    2006 was a productive year for CALD. Among our significant projects
    were the Conference on Public Accountability in Official Development
    Assistance in Cambodia and the CALD-ALDE-LI Meeting in the Philippines
    that tackled population, migration, and the globalization of labor.

    During these events, we have realized the extent of the challenges faced
    by liberals and democrats in Asia. But it has merely strengthened our resolve
    that ultimately, we need democracy, good governance, human rights,
    and social justice to solve our countries’ ills. There are no shortcuts to
    development; never again must we allow our people to be deceived into
    thinking that democracy can be sacrificed in the name of economic

    President of the Philippine Senate
    President of the Liberal Party
    & Chairman of the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats

MESSAGE OF THE CHAIRMAN                                            1

SPEECH OF THE CALD SECRETARY GENERAL                               4

CALD PROJECTS FOR 2006                                             8
   CALD Conference 2006                                           10
   ALDE-CALD-LI Meeting                                           13
   4th CALD Communications Workshop                               20
   CALD in 54th Liberal International Congress                    22

Keynote Address of Former President Cory Aquino                   16
Acceptance Speech of Mr. Sam Rainsy                               25

RESOLUTIONS & STATEMENTS                                          27

BULLETIN                                                          35
   Hon. Sin Chung Kai as CALD’s Second Individual Member          36
   Farewell to CALD Program Officer Brian Gonzales                38
   CALD Welcomes New Program Officer                              39
   Dr. Chee Soon Juan’s continuing saga                           40
   Senate President Drilon’s Election as Chairman of the IPU
            Human Rights Committee                                42
   Election of Parliamentarians Bi-Khim Hsiao and Dina Abad as
            Vice Presidents of LI and INLW                        43
   Official Missions of the CALD Executive Director               44
   Official CALD visitors                                         46
   CALD Program Officers in International Events                  48
   The return of CALD’s Yale University Intern                    49

   Naw K'nyaw Paw, National Council of the Union of Burma
   Naing Ko Ko, National Council of the Union of Burma
   Tee Yen Yen, Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia
   Argee S. Gallardo, Liberal Party of the Philippines

INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES                                          55

SPEAKERS                                                          67

ABOUT CALD                                                        72


         Speech delivered during the 54th LI Congress by Hon. J.R. Nereus Acosta, MP;
         Secretary General of the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats; Secretary
         General of the Liberal Party of the Philippines

         Bonjour. Asalaam Alaikum. Good morning. Lord Alderdice, Mohamed
         Abied, our colleagues in the Union Constitutionnelle for the gracious host-
         ing and warm hospitality and to Jasper Veen and the LI Secretariat for
         putting this all together so magnificently.

         On behalf of the CALD and its Chair, the Hon Senator Franklin M. Drilon,
         former President of the Philippine Senate and the LP, it gives me great
         honor to speak before you today.

         As CALD did in Ottawa, Dakar, Sofia and today, Marrakech, CALD takes
         great pride in affirming our ties with the LI and draws much inspiration
         from the networks forged and friendships nurtured over the years, and
         across continents. The growth and spread of liberal ideals – manifest in
         our largest attendance from Asia to date, including the presence of Dr.
         Sein Win, Prime Minister-in exile of the National Coalition Government of
         the Union of Burma, and having Bi-Kim Hsio reelected as LI VP and the
         only woman and Asian in the Bureau, and holding the first CALD ExeCom
         outside Asia, as well as the formation of many new regional networks and
         organizations – have been nothing short of dynamic and phenomenal.
         Our CALD-ALDE historic meeting in April this year in the Philippines, graced
         by former President Corazon Aquino, herself an LI Freedom Prize Laure-
         ate, and the bonding of RELIAL-CALD today built from initial talks in Sofia,
         only point to the fact that our horizons have expanded and our common
         efforts and vision have, as our new LI logo depicts, taken to confident

         This year’s conference has offered us many useful metaphors to serve as
         conceptual and practical guideposts. Lord Alderdice presented us with a
         portrait of a “permanent conference table” – of the primacy of dialogue
         and the search for convergence, where we are able to bring our ideas,
         frustrations, and hopes into sharper deliberation and meaningful discus-

         Graham Watson spoke of a “drawbridge” that if allowed to be laid down,
         not pulled up, opens vast possibilities for change and new energy in myriad
         dimensions and fields – politics, the economy, arts, technology, trade, mi-
         gration, the environment.

In CALD (and its video) we have used the symbol of the Oriental fan –
each strip, each facet representing a distinct culture and experience, but
brought together at a base from whence, when opened, serves its func-
tion of utility and unity. A fan that opens new vistas of cooperation and
partnership – fanning flames of freedom, hope, and change.

The metaphors underline our commitment to democracy, human rights,
the rule of law, liberty. These are high-minded, ennobling standards we
believe in and live by. Yet for those of us who are citizens of the largest
and most populous continent on earth, where over half of its peoples
continue to live in abject poverty, these ideals may simply be abstractions.

For the ordinary Asian, many these ideals are only made real and given
flesh with narratives of sacrifice, with sagas of struggle, with stories of
pain and difficulty and paying a high price for a principle. Ninoy Aquino,
Aung Sang Suu Kyi, Kim Dae Jung – and for us in CALD, our friends Chen
Shui Bian, Chee Soon Juan, Martin Lee. And, of course, this year’s Free-
dom Prize honoree, Sam Rainsy, who at a time when he was stripped of
his parliamentary immunity by the Hun Sen government made full use of
the CALD headquarters in Manila as his “safe harbor,” following CALD
Chair Senator Drilon’s active intercessions on Rainsy’s behalf in the IPU’s
Human Rights Committee (chaired by the Senator Drilon).

Beyond the heroism and strength of these remarkable individuals whom
we hold in the highest esteem, however, liberal democracy as we know is
lived in the more simple interconnections we build, the inchoate networks
we forge and allow to evolve, the friendships we nurture and
deepen. Ottawa, Dakar, Sofia, Marrakech and many other venues of ex-
change and cooperation symbolize more than just locations of LI Con-
gresses. They represent the affirmation of our higher purpose of changing
the world, the more audacious dream of making the world more Liberal in
the truest sense of free dialogue, free expression, understanding, open-
ness, responsibility. These gatherings of ours therefore represent, perhaps
more importantly, the commitments we take to face up to the difficult
choices we have to make as Liberals in our own contexts – and the chal-
lenges we need to tackle with sacrifice and responsibility for our constitu-
encies and communities.

That is why beyond the well-deserved celebration of our triumphs and
gains as Liberals worldwide, it becomes more pressing and crucial that we
are ever mindful of the dilemmas and challenges that face us in a world of
dizzying change and damning contradictions. As Liberals, true to our-
selves and our ideals, we must face the harsher questions that bedevil us
and place disquieting predicaments in our way.

    In Asia as in many other areas of the world, the spread of democracy is
    threatened by the insidious reach of illiberal democracy, an alarming phe-
    nomenon of “elected autocrats” who use and manipulate the elections
    and democratic rule to consolidate more authoritarian control of the body
    politic, damaging democratic institutions in the process. Thaksin of Thai-
    land, Arroyo of the Philippines, Chavez of Venezuela have been known to
    subvert institutions for sheer political control and use the levers of power
    to engender not “informed choices” of a largely impoverished electorate,
    but “manipulated choices” of those who in their destitution fall prey to
    the ills of patronage and money-dominated practices.

    The arena of economic cooperation and trade, highly contentious as it is
    for many countries, challenge us Liberals to revisit our own beliefs vis-à-vis
    the policies we may support or tolerate. Free markets, free trade – letting
    the metaphorical drawbridge down — is a mantra for the Liberal. But for
    many of the poorer countries of Asia, Africa, and Latin America, the nag-
    ging, uncomfortable question remains: how free is free when food tariffs
    and agricultural subsidies in developed countries continue to disadvan-
    tage, if not further impoverish, sectors of farmers and consumers every-
    where? Trade talks in Doha, Cancun, or Hong Kong over the last few
    years faced rough sailing over ideological divides just as much as they did
    over the more basic affective, emotional issues of fairness and justice.

    In the same vein it is asked: in a world so globalized in the “drawbridge-
    down” movement of goods and services, why is the movement of people
    across boundaries actually becoming, for all intents and purposes, more
    restrictive? In a time defined by the threats of terrorism and increasing
    conflict in many of the hotspots of the world, do we see people on the
    move as real, living individuals with their birthright to freedom, dignity,
    opportunity and hope, beyond their utility as migrant workers taking jobs
    in sectors that their hosts countries’ could not fill? I beg your indulgence if
    I must read, as I think it fitting, George Orwell who poignantly, if disturb-
    ingly, offered, when writing about Marrakech in 1939 that

    “all people who work with their hands are partly invisible, and the more
    important work that they do, the less visible they are. Still a white skin is
    always fairly conspicuous. In northern Europe, when you see a labourer
    ploughing the field, you probably give him a second glance. In a hot coun-
    try, anywhere south of Gibraltar or east of Suez, the chances are that you
    don’t even see him. I have noticed this time and again. In a tropical land-
    scape one’s eyes takes in everything except the human beings. It takes in
    the dried-up soil, the prickly pear, the palm-tree and the distant mountain,
    but it always misses the peasant at his hoe patch. He is the same colour as
    the earth, and a great deal less to look at.”

Parenthetically, as Tetsundo Iwakuni rightly reminds us, Liberals enshrine
the inherent dignity and value of the human person, and that in education
particularly, we must move away from viewing people as “human capital”
or commodities for labor markets and instead uphold goals of teaching
wisdom and instilling human values.

Against a backdrop of rapid inter-migrations and beyond our lofty
affirmations of intercultural and interfaith understanding and dialogue,
how far, indeed – notwithstanding the metaphorical “permanent con-
ference table” — are we prepared to embrace diversity in its all its com-
plexities? The public debate yet again spawned over the use of the hijab
or the veil in multicultural societies like London or Paris (drawing no less
than British Foreign Minister Jack Straw in the fray) challenges us Liber-
als to question where we stand on these unsettling, nettlesome issues
and what policies we ought to craft or pursue in this respect. Whose
definitions of diversity and inter-cultural understanding prevail, or do we
use, in these discourses?

It is in this nexus of challenges that we need to configure our networking
and programs of action as Liberals – in CALD, RELIAL, ALDE, ALN, ALMENA,
INLW, IFLRY, the larger LI family. Because our best strength as Liberals is
found and reinforced not so much in our successes but in our inherent
capacity to question ourselves truthfully — so as to anchor our ideals, as
what another LI Freedom Prize recipient Vaclav Havel says, in the moral
ascendancy of our argument and the moral force of our actions. Perhaps
only then can we say that as Liberals against the so-called “confusion of
the Left and the rigidity of the Right” – given the contesting forces of
fundamentalism, extremism, anarchism, virulent nationalism, reactive so-
cialism borne out the deficits in democracy, development and dignity
Sundeep Waslekar underscored today – we proudly rise or have risen to
the occasion of providing honest alternatives to remake and reshape a
truly more democratic and unabashedly enlightened, responsible Liberal
world order. Only then can we be truly the “only show in town” (again,
Graham Watson’s words) and embrace and live the fullest meaning of the
conference tables of dialogue, the drawbridges of hope, the fans of free-
dom – in Asia as with the rest of the our world.

VIVE LA FAMILLE LIBERALE! Merci Beaucoup. Shukran. Assalumu Alaikum.
And as we say in the Philippines, MABUHAY ANG DEMOKRASYA AT

  April     Siem Reap, Cambodia / 26-29 April

            CALD parliamentarians and party leaders and participants from
            government, donor agencies, media, academia and civil society identify
            and assess the best practices and approaches to accountability of official
            development assistance (ODA) in a conference hosted by the Sam Rainsy
            Party of Cambodia.

            Manila-Cavite Province-Tagaytay City, Philippines / 21-24 June

            CALD, the Alliance of Liberals & Democrats for Europe (ALDE) and Liberal
            International (LI) gathered more than a hundred eminent liberal leaders
            worldwide to tackle the issues of population, immigration and the
            globalization of labor in a meeting hosted by the Liberal Party of the
            Philippines. LI and CALD also had their parallel Executive Committee
            meetings. The event also included an academic conference on “Liberal
            Perspectives on Terrorism and Civil Liberties”.

 Taipei, Taiwan / 5-9 September                                           September
 Communications and media specialists from CALD member and
 observer parties participated in a hands-on workshop on modern
 political tools with the theme “Political Communication in the Digital
 Age” in workshop hosted and co-sponsored by the Democratic
 Progressive Party of Taiwan.

 CALD in the 54TH LIBERAL                                                 November

 Marrakech, Morocco / 8-11 November

 CALD sent a strong delegation to the 54th Liberal International
 Congress that focused on the theme “Development and Democracy”
 and held its first Executive Committee meeting outside Asia. CALD
 also participated in the “Networking for Freedom” roundtable
 sponsored by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation.

           Siem Reap, Cambodia / 26-29 April

           Four days may seem too short for any discussion on official development
           assistance (ODA), but the participants in CALD’s 2006 conference with

Projects   the theme “Public Accountability in ODA” nevertheless came away with
           fresh ideas and tactics on how to ensure accountability so that aid ends up
           with the right beneficiaries.

           Accountability usually refers to an institution’s responsibility to its clients
           as well as to its governing body. When it comes to ODA, which involves a
           publicly funded donor agency and a recipient government, accountability
           is complex and problematic. The donor agency must be responsible to a
           donor government or governments, and these in turn must be responsible
           to parliament and ultimately to their electors. The recipient government
           must be seen as responsible to donors, to the recipient community, the
           parliament, and the public at large.

           Thus, among the questions tackled by the participants at the conference,
           which was hosted by the Sam Rainsy Party of Cambodia and supported by
           Friedrich Naumann Stiftung, were: How do these multiple elements of
           accountability mesh together? Must a donor government or agency be
           held accountable if a recipient government or agency misuses aid? How
           can accountability be strengthened?

           The conference also tackled best practices with regard to public
           accountability associated with ODA; approaches to accountability adopted
           by major donor institutions; enabling participants to develop a mature
           view of the problems of accountability; innovative trends and tools in
           combating the misuse of aid, including the role for parliaments, political
           parties, media and civil society; and, appropriate tools for monitoring ODA,
           ensuring transparency and involving public participation.

           Providing useful insights that later stimulated discussions were the likes of
           Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy; Geert van der Linden, vice
           president of the Asian Development Bank; Democratic Party of Hong Kong’s
           founding chairman, Martin Lee; Liberal International President and former
           speaker of Northern Ireland, the Lord Alderdice; Thai journalist Kavi
           Chongittavorn of The Nation; and Andreas Proksch, director at the Deutsche
           Gesellschaft fur Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ).

Participants included parliamentarians and political party officials from
Burma, Cambodia, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan,
Philippines, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and the United
Kingdom. Members of civil society, academia, and media were also present.

Many of the participants acknowledged that a significant percentage of
ODAs do not reach the intended beneficiaries because of corruption, and
increasing transparency as well as the capabilities of watchdogs such as
the media to monitor were seen as deterrents to ODA being misused or

The participants also agreed on the need to exercise increased oversight,
and greater participation in decision-making regarding ODAs. In particular,
the right to information was cited as an absolute necessity in ensuring
transparency and greater accountability. It was stressed that it was duty of
governments to provide access to information to its citizenry. The
strengthening of media, civil society, and political parties as strong
democratic institutions was also recommended.

           GZT’s Andreas Proksch took that thought farther. “I’m convinced that

Projects   without democracy accountability cannot exist,” he said in his talk. “A
           democratic system in donor countries and in partner countries is a
           precondition for accountability to blossom. A second precondition is a
           broad involvement of non-state actors in both donor and partner countries
           in all issues of development cooperation. This involvement means the
           participation of civil society — participation not only in development
           projects, but in the political decision making process, something we call
           institutionalized participation. A third precondition is a free press. Only if
           the press can report about good and bad examples of development
           cooperation can you have public accountability.”

           CALD Secretary General Dr. Nereus Acosta, MP, meanwhile, helped close
           the proceedings by observing in part: “As MPs, members of media, civil-
           society, and IFIs, we must be guided and animated by the reminder of
           Gandhi, or in more straightforward and prosaic terms what the 2005 Report
           says: Increased aid is not a panacea for a low growth or poverty. Not all
           aid works – and some aid are wasted. But under the right conditions (an
           important caveat) aid can advance human development through various
           channels. These range from macro-economic effects – including increased
           growth and productivity – to the provision of goods and services for building
           the capabilities of the poor.”

Manila-Cavite Province-Tagaytay City, Philippines / 21-24 June

They are hailed as heroes in their native lands but seen far too often as
sources of problems in the countries where they work. In June, migrant
workers were the topic of discussions once more when they became part
of the focus of a series of meetings in the Philippines that attracted more
than 100 liberals from at least 30 countries in Asia, Europe and elsewhere.
Organized by CALD and the Liberal Party of the Philippines and supported
by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in cooperation with the Liberal
International, the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, and the
National Institute for Policy Studies, the meetings yielded intensive
discussions and afforded participants different ways of looking at the boon
and bane that is migration, which is now being seen as one of the sources
of the rise in cultural tensions in several countries.

The main event took place at the Philippine International Convention Center
in Manila. FNF head Dr. Wolfgang Gerhardt, MP, helped set the tone of
the conference when he pointed out in his welcoming remarks on 22
June, “Liberals spread the value of freedom of the individual and this makes
us a natural internationalists. Freedom includes the freedom of individuals

           to interact with each other across boundaries. This interaction can be
           economical which is why we support free trade. But it can and it should

Projects   be cultural and political. The organization’s meetings here, the liberals, are
           embodying this value of political interaction across borders and continents
           based on shared values.”

           He added that the “the freedom of people to move across borders…is
           surely the most complex issue of international interaction, the one that
           causes often emotions and all too often irrational responses. It is an issue
           on almost all of our countries and we tend to over emphasize the problems
           and forget about the positive sides of it.”

           Former Philippine President Philippine President Corazon C. Aquino, who
           served as keynote speaker, also noted the benefits and drawbacks of
           migration. She observed, “There is so much potential for migrant workers
           to contribute to nation-building. For instance, exposure to democratic ideas
           and system, foreign political culture and governance will inspire initiatives
           that will improve the political framework and governance back home.”

           “However, the saga of migrant workers has two sides,” she said. “One
           side shows economic opportunity and a brighter future for their families.
           The other side tells of the sad and gripping stories of harassment, racial
           discrimination, xenophobia, cruelty, and even death in the hands of foreign
           employers. In some societies where there are cultural and religious tensions
           migrant workers risk life and limb just to earn the precious dollars, euros,
           and pounds to send home.” (See full text of her speech)

           The meeting was actually part of a continuing effort to share ideas on
           liberal responses on global challenges. This conference’s objective was to
           seek a liberal response to poverty and human security — problems that
           have driven people worldwide to migrate.

           Three sections made up the meeting. The first discussed liberal migration
           and population policy responses to demographic trends. The second tackled
           migrant workers, while the third focused on the role of religion and state
           in managing cultural tensions.

           The conference agenda on liberal migration and population response and
           that of migrant workers posed questions on how the demographic trends
           — age distribution, population growth, wealth distribution, migration,
           gender balance, presented threats and opportunities, and whether the
           policies meet the criteria of liberalism. On migrant workers, the concerns
           raised were on how to encourage remittances not only for consumption

but also investment, the political rights of workers especially the indigenous
peoples, and whether the political structures allow for genuine
representation of migrant communities. In addition, several parliamentarian
shared experiences on how migration and “brain drain” had affected both
source and receiver countries.
A lively exchange also took place during the third session, which
concentrated on religion and the state. Hon. Jules Maaten, MEP, had this
to say during the session: “Liberalism was once a subversive ideology.
Liberalism should not merely defend a status quo. We should go on the
offensive to promote democratic values. That should be the liberal agenda
for coming years. Treating religions with respect, but separating church
and state, is an integral part of that agenda.”
Among the prominent Liberal leaders present at the meeting were Liberal
International President and former speaker of Northern Ireland The Lord
Alderdice; ALDE leader and Member of the European Parliament Graham
Watson; former International Labor Organization (ILO) Chairman Chung
Eui-yong; Dr. Yoo Jay Kun, MP of the ruling Uri Party of Korea; Malaysian
Senator Dr. S. Vijayaratnam; Democratic Progressive Party of Taiwan’s Bi-
Khim Hsiao, MP; Italian Member of the European Parliament Lappo Pistelli;
Cambodian opposition leader and MP Sam Rainsy; and Hong Kong
Democratic Party founder Dr. Martin Lee. CALD chairman and Liberal Party
President Franklin Drilon, MP, was among those who gave welcoming

On 23 June, an international academic conference on Liberal Perspectives
on Terrorism and Civil Liberties was also held at Yuchengco Center of the
De La Salle University in Manila. This event was organized by the Philippine
liberal think tank, the National Institute for Policy Studies and the La Salle
Institute for Governance (LSIG).

CALD and LI had their respective Executive Committee meetings on 24
June at the Taal Vista Hotel in Tagaytay City.

                                             SAGA OF
                                             MIGRANT WORKERS
                                             HAS TWO SIDES
                                             Party are a source of pride for our family.   migrants complement native workers
                                             The forebears of the Liberal Party of the     and contribute substantially to the
Keynote Address delivered during the CALD-   Philippines left us with a legacy of          economy of the destination country.
ALDE-LI Meeting by Former Philippine         principled politics, uncommon valor and
President Corazaon C. Aquino                                                               UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said
                                             fierce loyalty to our country. These are
                                             Liberal values that have been constantly      and I quote: “The report makes a strong
SENATE President Franklin Drilon,            tested by the numerous political storms       case that international migration
Honorable Graham Watson, Lord                                                              supported by the right policies can be
                                             that have wreaked havoc upon our
Alderdice, Officers and members of the       country’s democratic institutions and just    highly beneficial for the development
Council of Asian Liberals and                                                              both of the countries they come from
                                             as constantly have prevailed.
Democrats (CALD) and Alliance of                                                           and of those where they arrive.”
Liberals and Democrats for Europe            Ladies and gentlemen, the constant
(ALDE), friends, ladies and gentlemen,       changes in the world today driven by the      On the other hand, countries which are
good morning to all of you.                  awesome technological achievements            big sources of migrant workers are
                                             never fail to amaze me. However, I am         grappling with brain drain. For instance,
                                             also concerned about the economic and         in the Philippines we pride ourselves in
Let me thank the Council of Asian
                                             security challenges we are facing in the      being a world supplier of medical and
Liberals and Democrats for this pleasant
                                             21st century. Despite the end of the Cold     health care professionals. However, years
task to speak before you this morning.
                                             War, the world remains divided, this time     down the road, this will pose a big
It is gratifying to note that leaders from
                                             between those who are economically            problem in our health sector. The dearth
Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America
                                             prosperous and those who are not,             of medical and other professionals will
are gathered in this room bound by a
                                             between those who have access to              certainly impact negatively on a country’s
common passion – the promotion of
                                             technology, and those who have no such        economic health like other social costs
democracy and freedom – and political
                                             access, between those who are free to         such as broken families brought about
beliefs rooted in the liberal values and
                                             chart their lives because they live in a      by distance and the long years of
tradition of liberalism.
                                             democratic society documents just to be       separation and children raised by
My late husband, Ninoy Aquino was a          able to gain entry and employment in          extended families.
dyed in the wool liberal. More               high income countries. Some of them
                                                                                           Recognizing the great sacrifices and the
importantly, he suffered imprisonment        even end up woefully with smugglers or
                                                                                           risks that Overseas Filipino Workers take,
under the Marcos dictatorship and            big crime syndicates.
                                                                                           our government offers a comprehensive
offered his very life for the restoration
                                             Both the country of origin and the            package of incentives such as training on
of democracy. Our only son, Noynoy
                                             country of destination feel the impact        the social and working conditions in
Aquino follows the family’s political
                                             of this worldwide phenomenon. There           foreign lands, special life insurance and
footsteps. He also hews steadfastly to the
                                             is always the argument that migrant           pension plans, medical insurance and
vision of the Liberal Party of the
                                             workers steal employment from the             tuition assistance, eligibility for pre-
Philippines as an active Party member.
                                             native workers and drive down wages.          departure and emergency loans.
Our involvement and ties with the Liberal    However, the UN report asserts that           Moreover, we encourage our workers to

return through a comprehensive               telephone rates and lower airfares.           low and middle income countries take
Balikbayan program which exempts them                                                      huge risks. Governments must look into
from a wide range of taxes.                  It is no secret that migrant workers          the recruitment and deployment process
                                             substantially contribute to their             to avoid driving migrant workers into the
Our Congress enacted two laws – the          country’s economy through the                 hands of crime syndicates and cruel
Absentee Voting Law and the Dual             remittances that they regularly send.         employers.
Citizenship Act – to encourage Filipinos     The UN report further revealed that of
abroad to actively participate in our        the 10 billion that migrants sent home        In my countr y, we have an anti-
country’s economic and political life.       to their families in 2005, 7 billion went     trafficking law, we mete stiff penalties
                                             to developing countries. The amount is        on illegal recruiters and we provide free
I am certain that you who come from          more than all international aid               legal assistance and witness protection
countries with extensive shares of           combined that could be extended to            to victims of illegal recruitment.
migrant workers also believe that social     these developing countries.
safety net programs must be accessible                                                     As countries seek closer economic
and available to migrants in both their      In the Philippines, our Overseas Filipino     integration, and as bilateral and regional
country of origin and destination.           Workers (OFWs) are the new heroes             agreements are being forged, migration
                                             because their remittances have kept the       barriers are also falling down fast. It is
We must not forget that countries of         economy afloat amidst economic                in the economic interest of destination
origin also carry half of the burden of      difficulties and uncertainties. Thousands     countries if they open their doors to
responsibility in terms of the welfare of    of families in dire poverty have a chance     migrant labor and accord fair and good
migrant workers. First that guarantees       to improve their lives through remittance     treatment to migrant workers.
their freedom, and those who constantly      money.
live in fear and trepidation because their                                                 In a world that is globalizing fast, nations
basic rights are curtailed if not trampled   Countries can also reap non-monetary          need to recognize that labor migration
upon.                                        benefits from international migration.        can be a force for convergence and
                                             There is transfer of knowledge when           stability.
Poverty and the fear for one’s safety        migrant workers return to the country
drive people worldwide to leave the land     and apply the knowledge and ideas they        Ladies and gentlemen, this conference
of their birth and seek economic relief,     have acquired abroad.                         is an auspicious occasion to discuss
comfort and security in another                                                            among you who are the movers and
country. A recent United Nations             There is so much potential for migrant        shakers in your respective countries.
report revealed that 191 million people      workers to contribute to nation-building.     How do we address the problems
are living outside their country of birth.   For instance, exposure to democratic          associated with labor migration, how do
Migration affects almost all countries       ideas and system, foreign political culture   we prevent the grim economic and social
in the world. And quite often, people        and governance will inspire initiatives       consequences of deploying our
from the developing world move to            that will improve the political framework     professionals abroad, and how can we
developed countries in search of better      and governance back home.                     maximize the contribution of migrant
economic opportunities through legal                                                       workers to the global economy.
or even illegal means.                       However, the saga of migrant workers has
                                             two sides. One side shows economic            I trust that the liberal values of fairness,
Advancement in technology and open           opportunity and a brighter future for their   respect for basic rights, freedom and
borders make it easier for potential         families. The other side tells of the sad     equality will serve as your compass in
migrants to learn and avail of               and gripping stories of harassment, racial    crafting policies on labor migration in
opportunities abroad. With electronic        discrimination, xenophobia, cruelty and       your own countries.
transfers, it has become very easy for       even death in the hands of foreign
                                                                                           Ladies and gentlemen, it was really a
them to send money to their families.        employers. In some societies where there      pleasure to meet you and to share my
Even getting in touch and reuniting with     are cultural and religious tensions migrant
                                                                                           thoughts with you. I wish you all a
their families thousands of miles away       workers risk life and limb just to earn the   wonderful stay in my country. Mabuhay!
have become easier and less costly           precious dollars, euros and pounds to
because of the Internet, cheaper             send home. Some migrant workers from

           Taipei, Taiwan / 5-9 September

           With more and more people caught in the wonders of the Web, the savvy
           political communications specialist knows that keeping in step with the

Projects   times and getting his message across means constantly updating his digital
           communication skills. During the 4th CALD communications workshop held
           in Taipei, some 20 participants from CALD member and observer parties
           and FNF were able to do that.

           The five-day workshop emphasized hands-on training on creating and
           maintaining websites and weblogs (more popularly known as blogs), as
           well as on producing podcasts. A special working group was also formed
           outside of the original program, focusing on mobile phone text messaging
           and how it can be used a political tool in Asia. In addition, visits were
           arranged to Radio Taiwan Inc. and the headquarters of the workshop host
           and CALD member, the Democratic Progressive Party of Taiwan.

           Filipino blog expert Abraham Olandres served as main resource person for
           the duration of workshop. The participants chronicled the goings-on on
           the official CALD blog, CALDCloggers (,
           an exercise that proved to be useful in honing their blogging skills. A few
           days after attending the workshop, participant Hendra Kusumah of the
           Indonesian Party of Struggle (PDIP) reported in a post at caldcloggers that
           his presentation on what he had learned at the workshop had inspired his
           party to encourage its members to start blogging. He also said he was
           now managing a blog called “Suara Oposisi (Voice of the Opposition)”
           and was planning to interview a member of parliament for a podacast on
           rice imports.

           Aside from Kusumah, the workshop participants included Soe Aung and
           Naing Ko Ko of the National Council of the Union of Burma; Keo Phirum
           and Srey Kimheng of SRP- Cambodia; Sabilillah Ardie of the Nation
           Awakening Party; Choi Mi-Young of the Uri Party; Gideon Chiong and
           Teng Yoon Soon of the Malaysian People’s Movement Party (Gerakan);
           Mahmood Ahmed Khan of the Liberal Forum Pakistan; Adela Cruz Espina
           and Pia Artadi-Facultad of the Liberal Party of the Philippines; Kao Wen

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                                   FOR ASIA

Sheng of the Singapore Democratic Party; Kamal Nissanka of the
Liberal Party of Sri Lanka; and Bruce Wei and Sakai Toru of DPP.

FNF also sent select staffmembers for training: Girawadee Khao-orn
(FNF Bangkok), Dr. Busarin Dusadeeisariyawong (Malaysia Project),
Vera Putri (FNF Jakarta), and Gulmina Bilal (FNF Islamabad).

The facilitators were FNF Manila Resident Representative, Dr. Ronald
Meinardus, and CALD Executive Director John Joseph S. Coronel.

           CALD in the 54TH LIBERAL
           Marrakech, Morocco / 8-11 November

           Ties between CALD and liberals from other parts of the world were
           strengthened anew with CALD’s active participation in the 54th Congress

Projects   of Liberal International that was held 8-11 November in Marrakech,
           Morocco. The theme of the Congress was “Democracy and Development:
           A Liberal View.”

           One of the keynote speakers was even Taiwanese President and former
           CALD Chairman Chen Shui-bian who gave his speech via a video all the
           way from Taipei. Chen narrated his own country’s dramatic transformation
           from a dictatorship to a democracy while accomplishing significant leaps
           in terms of economic development.

           Dr. Martin Lee, CALD individual member and founder of Hong Kong’s
           Democrat Party, was also among the speakers during the opening
           ceremonies. He debunked the myth of Asian values as propagated by Dr.
           Lee Kuan Yew, former prime minister of Singapore. Martin Lee stressed
           that freedom and human rights are universal values that people all over
           the world, regardless of ethnicity and culture, yearn for.

           Chen and Lee have been recipients of the LI Prize for Freedom. Cambodian
           opposition leader and former CALD Chairman Sam Rainsy, MP, who was
           also among the speakers at the congress was awarded the prize for 2006.

           Other speakers from CALD at the LI congress were CALD Secretary General
           Nereus Acosta, MP; Burmese Prime Minister in Exile Dr. Sein Win; CALD
           Women’s Caucus Chair Henedina Abad, MP; Liberal Party (Phils)
           parliamentarian Lorenzo Tañada III; Hon. Tesundo Iwakuni of the Democratic
           Party of Japan; and Dr. Cecep Syarifudin of the Nation Awakening Party
           (PKB) of Indonesia. Session chairs from CALD were Dr. Rajiva Wijesinha,
           president of the Liberal Party of Sri Lanka, and Liu Shyh-fang, deputy
           secretary general of the Office of the President of Taiwan.

           Acosta, who spoke during the closing ceremonies, noted that though
           liberals worldwide have much to celebrate, there remains much work to
           be done. Democratic challenges are apparent not only in military-ruled
           Burma, he said, but also in countries like Cambodia, Thailand, and the
           Philippines. He said the rise of the then heads of state in these countries
           indicated weak institutions and the need for democracy to take root.

           Taking advantage of lulls and breaks in the congress proceedings, CALD
           held an Executive Committee meeting on 9 November – the first such

execom the organization has held outside Asia. And with so many liberals
in one place, CALD also managed to touch base with old friends, as well
as make new ones. On 11 November, for instance, CALD hosted a luncheon
meeting with the Liberal Network for Latin American or RELIAL at the
Ryad Mogador Hotel. The meeting was a follow-up of the previous
workshop between CALD and RELIAL held during the Liberal International
53rd Congress in Sofia, Bulgaria in May 2005.

Acosta, Sam Rainsy, Lee, Taiwanese MP and former CALD Secretary General
Bi-Khim Hsiao, Malaysian Senator S. Vijayaratnam, and other members of
the CALD Executive Committee represented CALD. RELIAL, for its part,
had its president, Otto Guevarra Guth who heads Costa Rica’s Movimiento
Libertario; Jorge Briz, former foreign minister of Guatemala; Argentina’s
Ricardo Lopez Murphy, president of Recrear Party; Brasil’s Oscar Lehenbauer,
chief of cabinet of Liberal Front Party (PFL); and Costa Rica’s Evita Arguedas,
MP, Movimiento Libertario and vice president of the Parliament.


             On 9 and 10 November, CALD took part as well in “Networking for
             Freedom,” a workshop being conducted in the same picturesque Moroccan
             city. Focusing on the challenges and chances of regional party alliances, it
             was sponsored by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation. Aside from those
             from CALD, workshop participants included representatives from RELIAL,
             the African Liberal Network (ALN), the Alliance of Liberals in the Middle
             East and North Africa (ALMENA), and the Eastern European group.

             CALD Secretary General Acosta was again a speaker at the workshop,
             which also had talks given by Saumura Tioulong, MP, of the Sam Rainsy
             Party of Cambodia; Chee Siok Chin of the Singapore Democratic Party;
             and, Dr. Rajiva Wijesinha.

             Other participants from CALD included Malaysia’s Dr. Vijayaratnam;
             Thailand’s Dr. Buranaj Smuthraks, a former parliamentarian from the
             Democrat Party; Soe Aung of the National Council of the Union of Burma;
             Pingya-Hsu of DPP-Taiwan, CALD Executive Director John Coronel and CALD
             Program Officers Brian Gonzales and Paolo Zamora.

             Prior to the workshop, a luncheon reception was hosted by FNF Chairman
             Dr. Wolfgang Gerhardt, MP. Liberal International President John Lord
             Alderice gave the closing remarks.

                                                  OUR PARTY IS THE
                                                  ONLY SERIOUS
                                                  CHALLENGER TO THE
                                                  CURRENT REGIME
                                                  Suu Kyi, all past recipients of LI’s Prize   Over the last eleven years, about seventy
                                                  for Freedom.                                 of my colleagues have been assassinated
Acceptance Speech delivered during the LI Prize                                                for their political commitment.
for Freedom awarding by Hon. Sam Rainsy,          This award has been handed to me, and
MP, Leader of the Cambodian opposition.
                                                  it is my name that will be printed in fu-    I have attended too many funerals in my
                                                  ture Liberal International and other         political life. In the meantime I have re-
Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen,              magazines next to the number 2006.           ceived a few prizes and awards such as
Dear Liberal Friends,                             But it should go without saying that I       the Heritage Foundation Prize in the US,
                                                  accept the award only on behalf of my        the Passport for Freedom from the Eu-
I am most grateful for your decision to           colleagues who struggle every day – and      ropean Parliament, and now the LI’s
present me this evening with the Liberal          who sometimes are brutally killed – in       Prize for Freedom. I would have pre-
International Prize for Freedom. It is a          their pursuit for human dignity and a        ferred not to receive any prize at all if
genuine honor to be associated with               more decent life.                            there had been no unnecessary funerals
great names such as Corazon Aquino,                                                            to attend. My standing before you this
Vaclav Havel, Martin Lee and Aung San             Our political party was founded in 1995.     evening, in this beautiful city of

Marrakesh, is the result of the sacrifice
and suffering of thousands of unknown
people who risk their lives every day
seeking the very ideal that serves as the
raison d’être of Liberal International.

Cambodia is not a democracy. It is a false
democracy. False democracy is more dif-
ficult to deal with than outright dicta-
torship. We have the façade of democ-
racy but no democratic substance in our
institutions. We have a parliament but it
is a rubber-stamp parliament. We have a
judiciary but it takes orders from the
ruling party, which uses it as a political
tool to crack down on opponents. We
have elections but they are manipulated
elections whose results are decided be-
fore Voting Day. We have officially abol-
ished capital punishment but extra-judi-
cial executions take place every day in
the street. Cambodia is one of the           who aspire for freedom, social justice       is a member of LI sister organization
world’s most corrupt countries accord-       and a decent future. Our party is the only   CALD, was recently taken to trial for
ing to Transparency International and,       serious challenger to the current regime     holding a public political speech with-
as a result, one the world’s poorest coun-   led by Mr. Hun Sen, a former Khmer           out a permit. A verdict will be delivered
tries according to the World Bank. In-       Rouge officer and the world’s longest        later this month, and he is expecting to
dependent observers rightly depict Cam-      serving prime minister.                      face a heavy fine. He has refused to pay
bodia as a mafia state and a banana king-                                                 as a matter of principle, and will thus be
dom. Many things must therefore be           The Liberal International Prize for Free-    sent to jail. This will be the fifth time he
addressed and redressed.                     dom is a great encouragement to my           has been imprisoned, simply for his un-
                                             colleagues, and it can offer substantive     wavering commitment to the defense of
My party is the first opposition party in    support as we continue to intensify our      fundamentals freedoms in his country.
post-communist Cambodia. It is the only      uphill battle. With determination on our
                                                                                          The case in Singapore parallels the case
opposition party represented in a par-       part and with the support of all our Lib-    in Cambodia and many other nations
liament dominated by former commu-           eral friends around the world, I have no
                                                                                          around the world. Let us all remember
nists. Our party launched the first op-      doubt that we will achieve victory in the    that the legitimacy of rulers is granted
position newspaper, led the first public     near future.
                                                                                          not only by the peoples within a nation,
demonstrations against corruption and                                                     but also by the international community.
human rights abuses, organized the first     Before and after victory, we are most
                                                                                          This is why I appeal to our friends in
industrial strike, and helped to form the    eager to lend our unwavering support         true democracies to look beyond the
first free trade union of workers.           and to show our active solidarity to all
                                                                                          façade of democracy, and not to remain
Through heavy sacrifices in terms of         those who fight for the same liberal and     lenient or complacent with dictators
human lives, we have become the              progressive ideals in Asia and other parts
                                                                                          wearing democratic clothes.
country’s second largest political party,    of the world. In Singapore for instance,
supported mainly by factory workers,         courageous freedom fighters are facing       Thank you again for your encourage-
landless farmers, victims of all sorts of    unjustifiable political repression. Dr.      ment and your solidarity.
injustices, the unemployed and dis-          Chee Soon Juan, Secretary-General of
gruntled youth, and the new generations      the Singapore Democratic Party, which        Long live the Liberal Family!

CALD’s concern on the conviction of
Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy

CALD’s support for the embattled Dr.
Chee Soon Juan

CALD’s appeal to Liberation Tigers of
Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to resume
negotiations with the Sri Lankan

CALD member parties’ confidence in the
current leadership of CALD

CALD’s concern on Singaporean
government’s practice of disadvantaging
the opposition in national elections

CALD’s disappointment on the slow pace
of Burma’s democratic transition

CALD’s regret on Singaporean
government’s decision to bar civil society
representatives from attending the
World Bank-IMF Summit

               CALD RESOLUTIONS IN 2006

              Resolution No. 1 S. 2006
              Expresses concern over the conviction of Cambodian opposition
Resolutions   leader Sam Rainsy; calls upon the government of Cambodia to
              abide by democratic rights and principles embodied in its
              constitution and in various international conventions; reiterates
              CALD’s plea for the restoration of the parliamentary immunity of
              Cambodian oppositionists; and echoes the calls for political
              tolerance and dialogue. Issued 5 January 2006

              Resolution No. 2 S. 2006
              Expresses concern over the conviction and incarceration of Dr. Chee
              Soon Juan of the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) and relays
              CALD’s support to Dr. Chee and the SDP. Issued 23 March 2006

              Resolution No. 3 S. 2006
              Requests the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to resume
              negotiations with the Sri Lankan government as a matter of
              urgency; condemns the recent acts of terrorism, including attacks
              on service personnel at a period in which a ceasefire is in operation;
              and urges the international community, while making clear its
              condemnation of such terrorism, to ensure that the LTTE returns
              to negotiations and works together with the Sri Lankan government
              within the parameters of the ceasefire signed in 2002 to promote
              a solution that ensures pluralism and democratic practice. Issued
              26 April 2006

Resolution No. 4 S. 2006
Notes the controversy within the Liberal Party of the Philippines
and asserts fullest confidence in the current leadership of CALD,
believing that this leadership best serves the interests of liberalism
in Asia at the current junction. Issued 26 April 2006

Resolution No. 5 S. 2006
Regrets the practice of banning Singaporean oppositionists from
standing in elections through politically motivated bankruptcy;
notes the tendency of the PAP-dominated government to use
selectively laws that are detrimental to non-controlling party
members; and urges the Singapore government to manage its
elections independently of bias toward any party. Issued 22 May

Resolution No. 6 S. 2006
Expresses disappointment over the painfully slow pace of Burma’s
democratic transition and calls on the United Nations Security
Council to act on the human rights violations and acts of aggression
committed by the military junta against ethnic minorities and
Burmese members of the opposition. Issued 22 May 2006

Resolution No. 7 S. 2006
Regrets the Singaporean government’s decision to bar civil society
representatives from attending the World Bank-IMF Summit;
appeals to the Singaporean government for greater tolerance and
transparency; and reaffirms its belief in the democratic principles
of transparency, accountability, right to information, and freedom
of expression and peaceful assembly. Issued 15 September 2006

              SAM RAINSY

              In behalf of the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD),

              we extend our profound gratitude to His Majesty King Norodom
              Sihamoni for granting the royal pardon to Honorable Sam Rainsy,
              leader of the opposition of Cambodia and former CALD
              Chairman. This move facilitated by Prime Minister Hun Sen is
              viewed as a positive step towards the easing of political tensions
              between the ruling coalition and opposition and towards
              meaningful reconciliation.

              We are also delighted over the release of parliamentarian Cheam
              Channy after a year of incarceration in a Phnom Penh jail. We are
              likewise relieved that various human rights activists and other
              civil leaders have also been released after a series of arrests early
              this year.

              We are confident that this development will ensure the safe return
              of Sam Rainy after his year long exile in Paris.

              We are hopeful that the easing of political tension will result in
              the immediate and unconditional restoration of the parliamentary
              immunity of Messrs. Sam Rainsy, Cheam Channy and Chea Poch
              who were stripped of their immunity last February 3, 2005 by
              the Cambodian National Assembly.

              We appeal to both the Cambodian government and the
              opposition to pave the way for meaningful engagement and

              CALD will be holding a major international conference in Siem
              Reap, Cambodia this April focusing on the theme “Public
              Accountability in Overseas Development Assistance”. We hope
              that this conference can serve as a venue where both the ruling
              government and the opposition can seat together to discuss
              important issues and concerns affecting the welfare and future
              of Cambodia. Issued 9 February


On the occasion of the 18th Anniversary of the National League of
Democracy (NLD) on September 27, 2006, the Council of Asian
Liberals & Democrats (CALD) would like to extend its solidarity with
Nobel Laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the elected members of
parliament from the NLD and the people of Burma.

NLD is the true voice of the people of Burma winning a landslide
majority during the 1990 elections, Burma’s last free and fair
elections. Despite the overwhelming mandate, NLD was never
allowed to govern. Instead its leaders were persecuted, detained
and sent into exile. NLD and Burma’s leading figure of democratic
struggle, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, continues to be under house
arrest for 11 years during the past 18 years.

The Burmese military junta, under the leadership of Senior General
Than Shwe and Prime Minister Soe Win, continues to rule with an
iron fist and shows no sign of sincerity and political will towards
the restoration of Burma’s democracy, rebuilding the economy and
genuine national reconciliation.

              Together with governments, parliaments, civil society movements
              and citizens of the European Union, the Association of Southeast
Resolutions   Asian Nations, the United States, Japan, Australia, and many other
              countries, we in CALD have expressed our support for Daw Aung
              San Suu Kyi and solidarity with the people of Burma in their quest
              for justice, freedom and democracy.

              We have also expressed our frustration over the painfully slow pace
              of reform. We recognize that ultimately, the ordinary people of
              Burma are the ones who suffer most from continued oppression
              and poverty.

              The situation in Burma is deteriorating and human rights abuses
              including torture and killings, arbitrary arrests and detentions, and
              forceful dislocation of villages and communities continue unabated.

              With the military junta’s determination to remain in power at
              whatever cost and to destroy all forms of resistance, we are aware
              of the dangers faced by NLD and its leaders and members. For this,
              NLD has earned our highest respect and esteem.

              As an umbrella of liberal and democratic political parties in Asia,
              we in CALD would like to assure NLD of our continued and
              unwavering support. Issued 26 September


Dear Dr. Chee,

We would like to express our concern about your situation.

We are disheartened by the way the Singaporean authorities have
tried to subdue dissent through the legal system as a way of
silencing legitimate grievances.

In our previous resolution, we expressed our regrets regarding
the practice of the Singapore government to disadvantage the
opposition candidates in national elections through politically-
motivated bankruptcy and the tendency of the PAP-dominated
government to use laws selectively that are detrimental to non-
controlling party members.

We fervently pray for your wellbeing especially now in this time
of need that you are in prison and in frail health.

Please remain assured of our solidarity in the cause of freedom
and democracy.

Sincerely yours,

Secretary General
Liberal Party of the Philippines

With the support of:

Hon. Saumura Tioulong, MP
Liberal Party of Sri Lanka

Dr. Rajiva Wijesinha
Sam Rainsy Party

Hon. Martin C.M. Lee, QC., SC.
Hon. Sin Chung Kai
Democratic Party of Hong Kong

Issued 15 December
Hon. Sin Chung Kai as CALD’s second
individual member

Farewell to CALD Program Officer Brian

CALD welcomes new Program Officer

Dr. Chee Soon Juan’s continuing saga

Senate President Drilon’s election as Chairman
of the IPU Human Rights Committee

Election of parliamentarians Bi-Khim Hsiao
and Dina Abad as Vice Presidents of LI and

Official missions of the CALD Executive

Official CALD visitors

CALD Program Officers in international events

The return of CALD’s Yale University Intern


           THE founding chairman of Hong Kong’s Democrat Party, Martin Lee, used
           to be CALD ‘s lone individual member. But now he finally has company:
           his own party mate Sin Chung Kai, who was unanimously accepted as
           CALD’s second individual member during the organization’s executive
           committee meeting at Siem Reap in April.

           It was Lee who had endorsed Sin’s membership application. But Sin was
           also backed by a formidable public-service record. A veteran democrat,
           Sin has been elected representative at all three tiers of the Hong Kong
           government: the Legislative Council (Legco), Regional Council (abolished
           by the Hong Kong SAR government in 1999), and District Council. He is
           still a member of Legco, where he has had a seat since 1995. He is well-

Bulletin   known as a strong advocate for transforming Hong Kong into a leading
           digital city that enjoys human rights, rule of law, fair competition, free
           flow of information, democracy, and economic prosperity.

           In 1998, Sin became Hong Kong’s first legislator to represent the
           Information Technology Functional Constituency (ITFC) when he won 63
           percent of the vote in a field of three in the Legco election. Using Digital

Hong Kong as the blueprint, he pushed for the complete liberalization of
the telecommunications market, promoted an advanced framework, and
proposed a series of initiatives to develop Hong Kong’s IT and
telecommunications industry.

Reelected in 2000, Sin next introduced a Private Member Bill on Fair
Competition to create a fairer business environment for the IT industry. In
addition, he worked to raise the professional status of the IT profession,
fight cybercrime, promote IT in education and e-government, as well as
pressed the government to conduct a review on the Information Technology
Professional Arrangement (ITPSA) program. Not surprisingly, he fought to
block the National Security (Legislative Provisions) Bill when it was
introduced in 2003, believing it would be detrimental to the freedom of

His “Ubiquitous Information Society” proposal to explore how new
technologies can be developed further to maintain the growth of the IT
industry helped clinch a third term for him at the Legco in 2004.

A happily married father of two, Sin Chung-kai is also a council member
of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and member of
the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Advisory Committee, the Housing
Authority, and the HKSAR Government’s Digital 21 Strategy Advisory
Committee. He serves as well on various advisory boards in both the public
and private sectors.


           CALD hosted a dinner reception on 20 December at the FNF-CALD office
           in Manila to give thanks for a successful 2006, and also to bid farewell to
           CALD Program Officer Brian Gonzales, who was soon to embark on a new

           Gonzales, who had been with CALD since 2004, was to assume in January
           a post at the IUCN-The World Conservation Union regional office based in

           CALD and Liberal Party Secretary General Dr. Nereus Acosta, MP, presented
           Gonzales a plaque of recognition that cited the outgoing CALD program
           officer’s invaluable contributions to the organization and his commitment
           to its ideals and principles. Siegfried Herzog, Resident Representative of

Bulletin   the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF), presented a gift to Gonzales as

           CALD Executive Director John Joseph S. Coronel also expressed his
           congratulations and thanks to Gonzales. At the same time, Coronel paid
           tribute to CALD Program Officer Paolo Zamora who was about to enter
           his fifth year in the organization, and welcomed the incoming program
           officer, Carlo Religioso.

           Those who attended the small gathering included liberal parliamentarians
           Henedina Abad (chairperson of the CALD Women’s Caucus) and Lorenzo
           Tañada III, as well as Ambassador Wilfrido Villacorta, PhD and former Deputy
           Secretary General of the ASEAN Secretariat, and former Education
           Undersecretary (Deputy Minister) and MP Jose Luis Martin Gascon.

           In an earlier message, Acosta had said that Gonzales would be missed.
           But he added, “We know our loss will be regional environmental
           conservation’s gain. Brian’s work with CALD was most valuable; as part of
           the secretariat he helped steer CALD’s work and responsibilities towards
           the kind of liberal networking and solidarity that we have and embrace
           today. To Brian we express our gratitude and congratulations for a job
           splendidly done. Mabuhay (Long live)!”


CALD was poised to be infused with new blood in January 2007, when
Carlo Religioso, who replaces Brian Gonzales, formally begins his stint at
the organization as program officer. Religioso is armed with significant
experience, having been with Philippine Office of the Japan International
Cooperation Agency (JICA) as project consultant in 2003, and as a member
of its National Staff in 2004. He also worked briefly with the Singaporean
and Canadian Embassies in Manila, and has participated in trainings and
conferences in Japan, Cyprus, France, Thailand, Lithuania, Czech Republic
and the Philippines.
In addition, he has chaired the organization Youth Without Borders and
was vice president of the UNESCO Club of Metro Manila that he co-

Religioso finished his Bachelor of Arts degree in Consular and Diplomatic
Affairs at the De La Salle University-College of St. Benilde in Manila.


           2006 proved yet to be another eventful year for Dr. Chee Soon Juan, head
           of Singapore’s opposition Singapore Democratic Party, which is a CALD
           member organization. In late March, Chee, an outspoken critic of the
           Singaporean government, was sentenced to a day in jail for contempt of
           court; seven more days were added to his term, however, because he did
           not pay the fine of S$6,000.

           Days after he completed his sentence, his passport was confiscated after
           he allegedly tried to leave the country without “official permission.” Chee
           was declared bankrupt in February after failing to pay former premiers Lee
           Kuan Yew and Goh Chok Tong some S$500,000 in libel damages for
           comments he made during the 2001 elections. Under Singaporean laws,
           a bankrupt person cannot travel overseas without permission from
Bulletin   Insolvency and Public Trustee’s Office; he or she is barred from standing in
           elections as well.

           Chee, however, was soon “engaging” authorities once more, with the
           police surrounding him and his sister in a city park in April to stop them
           from joining a protest against the city state’s restrictions on free speech.
           By December, Chee was again in jail to serve a five-week sentence for
           speaking publicly in April without permit. But he took ill in prison, and
           was reported to have gone without treatment for more than a week before
           doctors looked into his complaints of nausea and dizziness.

           CALD has repeatedly noted that Singapore’s interests are best served by
           its government’s adherence to the country’s constitution, which provides
           for freedom of speech and assembly, and to the Universal Declaration of
           Human Rights. In a resolution it issued in March expressing concern over
           the conviction and incarceration of Dr. Chee at the time, CALD commented
           that the Singaporean government was using civil suits against the
           opposition. It echoed the observation of the International Commission of
           Jurists that defamation suits “have done little to overcome the courts’
           reputation as improperly compliant to the interests of the country’s ruling
           People’s Action Party.”

           In December, various CALD member organizations – the Liberal Party of
           the Philippines, the Democratic Progressive Party of Taiwan, the Sam Rainsy
           Party of Cambodia, the Democratic Party of Hong Kong, and the Liberal
           Party of Sri Lanka – issued a joint statement again expressing concern for
           Chee, who by then had already spent a few weeks in jail. They also sent a

letter to the Singaporean oppositionist, in which they said they were
“disheartened by the way the Singaporean authorities have tried to subdue
dissent through the legal system as a way of silencing legitimate

The organizations also said that in a previous resolution, CALD had
expressed regrets “regarding the practice of the Singaporean government
to disadvantage the opposition candidates in national elections through
politically motivated bankruptcy and the tendency of the PAP-dominated
government to use laws selectively.” They assured Chee of their “solidarity
in the cause of freedom and democracy.”

When Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy received the Liberal
International’s Prize for Freedom in September in Marrakech, he had also
made it a point to hail Singapore’s “freedom fighters (who) are facing
unjustifiable political repression.”


           CALD Chairman and President of the Philippine Senate Franklin Drilon
           made history on 10 July when he was elected as chairman of the Committee
           on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians of the Inter-Parliamentary Union
           (IPU). He is the first Filipino legislator to be elected to the position since
           the prestigious international body was established in 1889.

           IPU, the oldest multilateral political organization in the world, brings
           together 148 affiliated Parliaments and seven associated regional
           assemblies. It maintains its headquarters in Geneva, but has an office in
           New York. It serves as a permanent observer at the United Nations. The
           committee that Drilon now chairs, meanwhile, investigates violations of
           human rights of lawmakers around the world.

Bulletin   Drilon’s election came during the 114th session of the IPU Human Rights
           Committee in Geneva. The Philippine senator said his election as its
           chairman was “a privilege.”

           “I intend to give my best efforts to the worldwide campaign for the
           protection of members of the legislature,” he added. “The respect for
           human rights, not only of Members of Parliament, but also of the ordinary
           citizen, is a basic pillar of democracy. We must all do our share to uphold
           civil and human rights.”

           Other members of the IPU Human Rights Committee are MPs Zahia
           Banarous of Algeria, Fernando Margain Berlangga of Mexico, Sharon
           Carstairs of Canada, Maria Jose Laloy of Belgium, Kasam Jaiali of Iran, and
           Baldo Prokurica of Chile. Established in 1976, the committee holds regular
           meetings four times a year.

           The IPU Committee has contributed to resolving over 500 cases involving
           parliamentarians in 104 countries. The committee has also taken a direct
           hand in the investigation of controversial cases such as that of Malaysia’s
           former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim, Cambodian opposition leader
           Sam Rainsy, Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and former
           presidential candidate of Guinea Alpha Conde.

           At the time of Drilon’s election as its chair, it had pending before it the
           case of a Philippine legislator who had been arrested by the police several
           months before. It had also just received a complaint by a group of five
           Philippine lawmakers who were also being threatened with arrest and
           detention by the Philippine National Police under the Arroyo administration.
           According to the legislators, their rights were being violated by the police
           because they were opposed to some policies of the Arroyo government.


CALD’s women power was in full throttle at the Liberal International
Congress in Marrakech, Morocco in November, with the re-election of
former CALD Secretary General Bi-Khim Hsiao of Taiwan’s Democratic
Progressive Party as one of the six vice presidents of LI, as well as the
election of Henedina Abad of the Liberal Party of the Philippines as vice
president of the International Network of Liberal Women. Hsiao topped
the race for LI vice presidents.

Hsiao and Abad are both MPs. Hsiao represents a Taipei district at the
legislative Yuan while Abad is the representative of the lone district of
Batanes province in the Philippines.

Hsiao became the first Asian member of the LI bureau when she was
elected its treasurer during the 52nd Congress of the organization in Dakar,
Senegal in October 2003. She was first elected as one of LI’s vice presidents
during the 53rd LI Congress in Sofia, Bulgaria in May 2005.

Hsiao is a senior member of Taiwan’s Foreign Relations Committee. She
has also been the director of the Department of International Affairs at
the DPP. Previously, she was an advisor to President Chen Shui-Bian, and
acted as a spokesperson for Chen’s successful election and reelection
campaigns of 2000 and 2004. She has been a consultant as well to the
Mainland Affairs Council, engaging in cross-straits peace and development
work. She has a BA in East Asian Studies from Oberlin College and an MA
in Political Science from Columbia University in the United States.

Abad, meanwhile, heads CALD’s women’s caucus. At the Philippine House
of Representatives, she is the vice chairperson of the Committee on Good
Government Reorganization.

Abad has an economics degree from the Ateneo de Manila University and
a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School
of Government. Prior to joining politics, she was a professor and dean of
the School of Government of the Ateneo de Manila University. She has
also served many nongovernmental organizations in various capacities,
including chairperson of the Transparency and Accountability Network,
executive director of the Philippines-Canada Human Resource Development
Committee, Inc., and coordinator of the Congress for a People’s Agrarian


           CALD’s peripatetic executive director, John Joseph S. Coronel, always has
           his calendar full of trips, and 2006 was no different. Asian countries are
           obviously among his regular destinations.

           In late February, for example, Coronel was in Cambodia, where he met
           with opposition leader Sam Rainsy at the Sam Rainsy Party headquarters
           in Phnom Penh. Paying the party a visit as well was Hubertus von Welck,
           Regional Director for East and Southeast Asia of the Friedrich Naumann
           Foundation (FNF).

           Sam Rainsy at the time had just returned to his homeland from his self-
           imposed exile in Paris after being stripped of his parliamentary immunity
           on 3 February 2005. He was convicted of defamation in his absence on 22

Bulletin   December 2005.

           In November 2005, CALD had hosted the Sam Rainsy Party in Manila —
           the first meeting of Cambodia’s leading opposition party since its head
           went into exile. Sam Rainsy, however, was granted a royal pardon on 6
           February 2006, opening the way for him to fly home.

           Sam Rainsy discussed with Coronel and von Welck the problems and
           challenges of Cambodian democracy. He underscored the importance of
           international pressure in advocating change and reform in Cambodia. He
           acknowledged in particular the help of Philippine Senate President and
           CALD Chairman Franklin Drilon.

           Also taken up during the meeting were matters pertaining to the then
           forthcoming CALD international conference on “Public Accountability in
           Overseas Development Assistance” to be held in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

           Sam and his wife, fellow parliamentarian Saumura Tioloung, later hosted
           lunch in honor of Coronel and von Welck at the Cambodiana Hotel in
           Phnom Penh.

           Earlier, Coronel had been received by Dinno Oblena, charge d’affaires of
           the Philippine Embassy. Coronel informed the diplomat that Drilon and
           other officials of the Liberal Party had confirmed their attendance to the
           Siem Reap conference.

           After ticking off everything in his agenda in Phnom Penh, Coronel next
           went to Bangkok on an official two-day visit. There he met with leaders of
           the two CALD member parties based in the Thai capital: the main opposition
           Democrat Party of Thailand (DP) and the exiled National Council of the
           Union of Burma (NCUB).

The CALD executive director was received by DP Director of International
Affairs Isra Sunthornvut, a former parliamentarian who had just been
appointed as spokesperson of the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority and
Chatchai Bhatiasevi, a member of DP. Isra briefed Coronel on the political
crisis in Thailand, and explained that his party was going to boycott the
April elections because these simply did not address the corruption changes
being leveled at then Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Coronel also met briefly with two senior DP party officials, Deputy Leader
Alongkorn Ponlaboot, MP, and spokesman Ong Ard Klampaiboon, MP.
(Alongkorn and Ong Ard have served as CALD secretaries general.)

Coronel had a chance to talk as well with Joy Senakant, member of the DP
Bangkok Committee, during a lunch hosted by FNF Regional Director von

While in Bangkok, Coronel also visited the National Council of the Union
of Burma (NCUB) and met with NCUB Secretary General Maung Maung
and Soe Aung, member of the NCUB Foreign Affairs Committee. During
the meeting, NCUB announced that it would be sending a Burmese intern
to the CALD secretariat by 2007 for a period of one year. The continuing
Burma campaign, one of the main concerns of CALD, was also tackled.

Coronel’s Bangkok schedule included audiences with the Bangkok-based
speakers of CALD’s international conference on public accountability in official
development assistance to be held in Cambodia. These were renowned
Thai journalist Kavi Chongkittavorn, associate group editor and columnist
of the respected The Nation, and Niza Concepcion, representing Forum Asia
Executive Director Anselmo Lee, who was in Soeul at that time.
By November, Coronel was in Jakarta, where Taslim Hermawi, chairperson
of the Nation Awakening Party (PKB) hosted a dinner for him and the staff
of FNF-Jakarta headed by Dr. Rainer Adam. Among the other PKB officials
present at the dinner were Eko Derwanto, member of the party’s executive
committee, and Camilla Puji Astuti of the PKB youth wing.

Coronel also met with Indonesian Party of Struggle (PDIP) officials Hon.
Hasto Kristiyanto, MP, Hanjaya Setiawan, Indah Pertiwi Natadiningrat, and
Beny Viarora Sinaga.

Coronel discussed with the two parties the Political Party Management
and Development Workshop in Jakarta. After the workshop, scheduled
for February 2007, the CALD executive committee was also to have a
meeting in the Indonesian capital, as well as visit the headquarters of PKB
and PDIP.


           ASIANS are known for their hospitality and so it’s no longer surprising that
           CALD was playing host down pat. But that quality proved especially handy
           during the early part of 2006, when several friends visited Manila and

           In late January, for example, Ivan Doherty, senior associate and political
           party programs director of the National Democratic Institute for
           International Affairs (NDI) flew in for a brief visit. A CALD partner-
           organization, the Washington, D.C.-based NDI promotes democracy
           worldwide. While in Manila, Doherty was feted by CALD at a café in the
           historic walled city of Intramuros that lies within the Philippine capital. At
           the meeting were CALD Executive Director John Joseph S. Coronel, former
           Philippine education undersecretary Jose Luis Gascon of the Liberal Party
Bulletin   of the Philippines, and Telbert Laoc, incoming country representative of
           NDI in Dili, East Timor and former executive director of the Philippine
           elections watchdog Namfrel.

           CALD and NDI have had several major joint projects, including the political
           party reform workshops in 2002 and 2003 in Bangkok and electoral
           missions in Taipei, Seoul, Manila and Jakarta in 2004.

           Two months later, more visitors from NDI were gracing CALD offices.
           Headed by Laura Thornton-Olivry, NDI’s former resident director and
           currently one of its consultants, the visitors were actually on a Philippine
           assessment mission and included Nelia Agbon, NDI-ARMM resident senior
           program manager and Myrna Cestina, NDI-ARMM finance/operations

           The NDI team met senior representatives of the national government,
           election monitoring groups, political parties, civil-society organizations, and
           members of academia and the media. Thornton-Olivry also had a meeting
           with CALD representatives and Democrats (CALD) and the Liberal Party of
           the Philippines.

Among those present during that meeting were former CALD Chairman
and Education Secretary Florencio Abad, Liberal Party Chairman and Senate
Majority Floorleader Senator Francis Pangilinan, former Education
Undersecretary Jose Luis Martin Gascon, CALD Executive Director Coronel,
LP Director General Concepcion Asis, National Institute for Policy Studies
Executive Director Lambert Ramirez, and CALD Program Officer Paolo

Gascon, Asis, and Ramirez were also among those who attended a lunch
in honor of another visitor in early March: Mr. Jörg Dehnert, Director of
the International Academy for Leadership (IAF) in Gummersbach, Germany.
IAF is the international training institute of the Friedrich Naumann
Foundation. Dehnert, who was in Manila for a two-day visit, also spoke
before the FNF Alumni Group the previous night. Coronel and CALD
Program Officer Zamora, as well as former CALD Program Officer Brian
Gonzales are all alumni of the IAF.

By April, it was the younger set’s turn to be CALD guests, with the executive
committee of the Young Liberals & Democrats for Asia (YLDA) visiting the
CALD secretariat for a meeting with Coronel and his staff.

The YLDA delegation was led by YLDA President Jonathan Malaya of the
Young Liberals of the Philippines (KALIPI) and YLDA Secretary General
Rajendra Mulmi of the Youth Initiative of Nepal. The other members of
the delegation were Eko Darwanto of Indonesia’s Nation Awakening Party
(PKB), Sandun Gamage of IDL-Sri Lanka, Koy Koung of Khmer Youth
Cambodia, Jan-Argy Tolentino of KALIPI and Program Officer Anne Elicaño.


           THE beach beckoned in early February in Pattaya, Thailand, but the
           sizzle came from the sessions attended by CALD Program Officer Brian
           V. Gonzales on Communications and Facilitation for Regional Staff
           members of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation and their regional
           partner organizations. For a week beginning 3 February, Gonzales –
           one of 14 participants from seven countries — attended the workshop
           that aimed to motivate and inspire staff members, to design and
           facilitate training and dialogue events on liberal subjects and issues,
           and to be acquainted in two important fields: basics of liberalism and
           local government. Facilitators were Dr. Stefan Melnik, FNF consultant,
           and Alexandra Cuyegkeng, Communications Officer of the FNF
           Philippine Office.

Bulletin   The program included interactive group sessions, exercises, simulations,
           and field trips to local government units in Pattaya and the Bangkok
           Metropolitan Authority. It also gave participants a chance to meet FNF
           directors and program managers, and to learn more about the
           organization’s work in the region.
           CALD Program Officer Paolo A. Zamora wound up in colder climes
           months later, but he quickly warmed up to the discussions at the 59th
           Annual Department of Information/Non-Government Organization
           (DPI/NGO) Conference at the United Nations headquarters in New
           York. Held from 6-8 September with the theme “Unfinished Business:
           Effective Partnership for the Human Security and Sustainable
           Development,” the conference was attended by some 2,500
           representatives of NGOs from more than 90 countries. Zamora
           represented PHILCOPRS Organization for the Indigent, a non-profit
           organization that advocates development programs to promote youth
           empowerment in the Philippines.
           The conference aimed to foster partnerships for security and sustainable
           development and discuss ways and means for strengthening
           collaboration between local communities and global institutions.
           Plenary themes included: finance; transparency and accountability;
           science and education; technologies; information and communication;
           values and religious and multicultural dialogues; and health, hunger
           and HIVAIDS.

           H.E. Jan Eliasson, President of the 60th Session of the General Assembly,
           opened the conference while H.E. Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General,
           delivered the closing remarks.


HE was supposed to stay for just a few months, but Yale honors graduate
Matt Sherwin lasted a whole nine months as an intern at CALD, during
which he worked in several major workshops and activities spearheaded
by the organization. At the same time, he served as special consultant to
Dr. Neric Acosta, MP and the secretary general of both CALD and the
Liberal Party of the Philippines.

Sherwin arrived in Manila as a 22-year-old in October 2005 after earning
a bachelor of science degree, with majors in ethics, politics, economics,
and biophysics. His multiple talents and skills were soon put to use, starting
with being part of the documentation team at the Liberal International
Women’s Workshop and CALD General Assembly in Taipei (October 2005).
He was also involved in the CALD International Conference in Public
Accountability in Official Development (Siem Reap, Cambodia, April 2006).
Before leaving in June, he still found time to help out in the joint meeting
of CALD, Alliance for Liberals and Democrats for Europe, and Liberal
International in Manila and Tagaytay City, Philippines (June 2006).

Almost every minute Sherwin was at CALD was well spent. Said CALD
Executive Director John Coronel when the time came for him to leave:
“Matt’s participation has been most invaluable. He is an observant and
intelligent young man and despite his age, he has a very mature grasp of
Asian social and political life.”

Naw K’nyaw Paw
10 January 2006 – 27 January 2006
National Council of the Union of Burma

Naing Ko Ko
29 May 2006 – 25 June 2006
National Council of the Union of Burma

Tee Yen Yen
2 October 2006 – 29 October 2006
Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia

Argee S. Gallardo
7 November 2006 – 7 December 2006
Liberal Party of the Philippines


             WHEN the National Council of the Union of Burma (NCUB)’s Naw
             K’nyaw Paw went as an intern to the European Parliament in
             January, it marked a milestone in CALD’s eight-year-old internship
             program. Finally, all CALD member parties had sent one intern to
             Brussels and Strasbourg.

             The NCUB, however, would send another intern to Europe just a
             few months later: Naing Ko Ko. In October came the turn of the
             Malaysian People’s Movement Party (Gerakan) to see off Tee Yen
             Yen on her own internship. Before the year ended, Argee S. Gallardo
             of the Liberal Party of the Philippines had also learned new things
             from her brief stint in the European Parliament.

             Gallardo (7 November-7 December), who spent a month working

Internship   with the International Trade Committee of the Alliance of Liberals
             and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), wrote in her report, “My
             background in business together with my keen interest in
             international trade made learning about global markets easy and
             enjoyable. I was able to study different globalization patterns,
             which, with the recent joining of China and Russia, became much
             more fascinating.”

             Tee Yen Yen (2-29 October) also spent a month with ALDE’s
             International Trade Committee. She said her internship exposed
             her to the works of parliament and enabled her to study the
             European Parliament’s law-making process.

             Naw K’nyaw Paw (10-27 January) had a comparatively shorter stint
             than the rest, but she nevertheless took away a lot from her
             internship. Assigned to ALDE’s Foreign Affairs Committee, she
             expressed particular interest in following discussions on Cambodia,
             “the closes country to Burma in the region.” She later said in her
             report, “I was satisfied with the action that the EP took regarding
             the human rights situation in Cambodia, passing strong resolutions
             and trying to influence the Cambodian government.”

She also said, “(My) internship…gave me a great experience on
how democratic countries function, and the work of the parliament
inspired me. I also understand how human rights issues are brought
up and handled within EP and this (will) help me bring up human
rights situations in Burma in the future.”

Naing Ko Ko (29 May-25 June), meanwhile, opted to be with ALDE’s
Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee. But he echoed Naw
in marveling over the democratic processes that he witnessed,
saying that his internship contributed to his “understanding of the
role of liberty, democracy, individuality, and responsibility in the
global arena.”

Although young in years, all interns were already steeped in
experience when they arrived at the European Parliament. Naw
K’nyaw Paw, for example, is a ranking member of the Karen
Women’s Organization (KWO) that is based in Thailand. Among
her current posts are KWO’s coordinator of its human rights and
democracy education project and Karen State representative to
the Ethnic Nationality Council. Before participating in the CALD
internship program, she had also done internship work with the
Earth Rights International and Bank Information Center in
Washington, D.C., as well as at the Alternative ASEAN in Bangkok.

Naing Ko Ko is the international campaign secretary of the
Federation of Trade Union-Burma (FTUB). Born in Burma’s Mon
state, Naing was a leading member of the All Burma Federation
of Student Unions and a youth organizer of the FTUB inside Burma.
His activities landed him in several Burmese jails, where he spent a
total of five years and eight months as prisoner of the Burmese
military junta. He was released in 1998, and has since joined the
democratic movements outside his homeland.

             Tee Yen Yen, for her part, is the executive secretary of the tertiary
             education loan scheme and political training bureau of Gerakan.
             She organizes and provides training for party leaders, members,
             and potential members. She also evaluates loan applications and
             is responsible for the collection on loans repayment for the party.
             Earlier in the year, she had attended the CALD conference on public
             accountability in official development assistance in Siem Reap,

             Argee Gallardo is the deputy director general for management
             services of the Liberal Party of the Philippines. Prior to taking that
             post, she had been in the manufacturing and tourism industries.
             She was a member of the secretariat of the CALD-ALDE-Liberal
             International meeting held in Manila, Cavite, and Tagaytay City,
Internship   Philippines in June.

             The internship program for CALD member parties is organized
             yearly by ALDE and the International Political Dialogue of the
             Friedrich Naumann Foundation. It involves parliamentary work in
             the EP in Brussels, Belgium, and Strasbourg, France and research
             and advocacy initiatives in select European nongovernmental

CALD in the 60th Anniversary of the
Liberal Party of the Philippines

CALD in the 4th General Assembly of the
International Conference of Asian
Political Parties

Liberal Party of the Philippines in
Taiwan’s elections

CALD’s message of solidarity with the
National League of Democracy

CALD and the ASEAN Inter-parliamentary
Caucus on Myanmar

CALD’s congratulatory messages

Malaysia’s Barisan National Youth
meeting with Philippine youth leaders


                 A LIBERAL CELEBRATION

                 WHEN the Liberal Party of the Philippines celebrated its 60th foundation
                 anniversary in late January, CALD was among those joining in the
                 festivities. The LP, after all, is a founding member and current chair
                 party of CALD. Thus, among the speakers at the regional conference
                 that was made part of the three-day celebration (19 to 21 January)
                 were CALD individual member Dr. Martin Lee, MP and founding
                 chairperson of the Democrat Party of Hong Kong and Dr. Bunarai
                 Smuthraks of Thailand’s Democrat Party, which like the LP is a CALD
                 founding member organization.

                 Lee tackled the topic, “Sustaining Democratic Gains in Asia: The Role
                 of CALD and Its Member Parties,” while Buranai spoke on “The Birth
                 of Liberal Democracy in Asia and the Role of Political Parties.”
                 The keynote address was delivered by Philippine Senate President and
                 CALD Chairman Franklin Drilon. Senator Drilon is also LP president. LP
                 Executive Vice President and CALD Secretary General Dr. Nereus Acosta
                 also took to the podium, speaking on “Drawing the Asian Youth to
                 the Liberal Democratic Asian Liberal Youth Movement.”
International    In congratulating the LP on reaching yet another milestone, CALD
    Activities   Executive Director John Joseph Coronel noted the party’s “commitment
                 to the ideals of freedom, human rights, justice, progress and social
                 equality is recognized in Asia and across the world.” He also said that
                 the LP had made invaluable contributions to CALD that had made the
                 organization, “in the words of Nobel Laureate, former Korean President
                 and CALD Co-founder Kim Dae Jung, ‘one of the epicenters of
                 democracy in Asia.’”

                 CALD member organizations and friends sent their own congratulations
                 as well. Among them was Taiwanese Vice President and acting
                 Democratic Progressive Party chair Annette Lu, who said in part, “The
                 Liberal Party has stood for the basic principles of freedom, democracy
                 and liberty in the Philippines. These are the same values that the DPP
                 has always persisted in Taiwan. Both our countries have suffered political
                 oppression and martial laws in the past, yet we are now examples of
                 nations that have successfully made the transition to democracy in
                 Asia. Through our struggles to build democracy, we have been able to
                 share mutual understanding and a strong friendship.”

“Through exchanges and cooperation in the Council of Asian Liberals
and Democrats, we have worked closely to develop a strong network
that promotes good governance and liberal democracy in Asia,” she
added. “Our solid ties bind us to continue advocating for peace and
prosperity in the region, and I hope that our two parties continue to
strengthen our relationship.”

                 CALD AT ICAPP

                 CALD made its presence felt at the Fourth General Assembly of the
                 International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) held 6-10
                 September in Seoul, Korea, not only by sending a formidable delegation,
                 but also with CALD Secretary General Dr. Nereus Acosta, MP, delivering
                 a presentation.

                 More than 40 political parties from various Asian countries make up
                 ICAPP, which was founded in 2000. ICAPP aims to promote exchanges
                 and cooperation between political parties from different Asian countries
                 and with various ideologies; to enhance mutual understanding and
                 trust among Asian countries; and to promote Asia’s regional cooperation
                 through the unique role and channel of political parties.

                 Acosta, who is also the secretary general of the Liberal Party of the
                 Philippines, was with Hon. Dr. Buranaj Smuthraks, Hon. Kiat
                 Sittheeamorn and Hon. Kasit Piromya of the Democrat Party of Thailand;
                 Hon. Son Chhay, MP of Sam Rainsy Party; Sdr Dr. Kin Woon Toh, Sdr A.
                 Kohilan Pillay and Sdr Loong Thye Chia of the Parti Gerakan Rakyat
                 Malaysia; and, Representatives Henedina Abad and Dr. Manuel Mamba
                 of the Liberal Party of the Philippines. Like the Philippines’ Liberal Party,
                 Thailand’s Democrat Party and Malaysia’s Gerakan are CALD founding

International    Acosta noted in his presentation that CALD is the first regional grouping
                 of political parties in Asia, having been founded in 1993. He also said
    Activities   that in the face of the growing political and economic challenges in
                 the region, political parties have become all the more crucial in
                 consolidating “gains in the expansion of democratic spaces to secure
                 basic freedoms, the rule of law, a clear respect for human rights, and
                 social justice,” as well as in “addressing pressing needs for freer but
                 fairer trade, responsible investments that adhere to the requirements
                 of sustainable, environmentally-sound policies on resource-use and
                 management, and the need to bridge the technology and information
                 divides among and within our societies.”
                 In addition, said Acosta, political parties have a role in building “stronger
                 social cohesion in the region, which is made more pressing because of
                 common threats that affect us all and require coordinated action:
                 terrorism, climate change and environmental degradation, SARS/HIV-
                 AIDS, human trafficking, endemic corruption, widespread poverty.”
                 Dr. Yoo Jay Gun, MP, of the ruling Uri Party of Korea, met with the
                 CALD delegation to discuss how to deepen exchanges of ideas and
                 policy between and among CALD members and observers. The Uri
                 Party is a CALD observer party.


Sharing ideas and strategies have become a habit among CALD
member organizations, and so in December a delegation from the
Liberal Party of the Philippines visited Taiwan, on the invitation of the
ruling Democratic Progressive Party, to be part of an international
mission to observe the Taipei and Kaohsiung city elections. The LP and
DPP are CALD founding members.

The city elections for mayors and councilors were to be held on 9
December. In a letter inviting an LP delegation to visit Taiwan, DPP
Director of International Affairs Dr. Winston Dang, MP, told Philippine
Senator, CALD Chairman, and LP President Franklin Drilon, “Since in
May of next year, the Philippines will be holding general elections, we
believe that young members of your party will greatly benefit from
observing our city elections. We hope to exchange political campaign
strategies and to offer an opportunity to observe our election activities
in Taiwan.”

The five-day visit’s itinerary included watching rallies and observing
other campaign activities, as well as visiting the campaign offices of
candidates. Among the delegation’s members were Catherin Caronilla
de Mata, political officer of Hon. Dina Abad, MP, LP vice president for
sectors and head of the CALD Women’s Caucus; Joel Nagtalon, political
officer of Hon. Nereus Acosta, MP, LP and CALD secretary general;
Bukidnon councilor Evelio Julian Cordovez; Marcelo Decepida, political
officer of Hon. Lorenzo Tañada III, MP; Amador Anrico Arao, political
officer of Hon. Manuel Mamba, MP; Vicente Lucas, director of the
local headquarters of Isabela Governor Grace Padaca; and, Rolando
A. de Guzman, political officer of Senator Rodolfo Biazon.

Other observers were from the Young Liberals of Austria, the Young
Liberals of Canada, Bundesverband Liberaler Hochschulgruppen of
Germany, and the Young Democrats of America.

                 IN SOLIDARITY WITH NLD

                 CALD helped mark the 18th anniversary of Burmese opposition party
                 National League of Democracy on 27 September by extending its
                 solidarity with Nobel Laureate and NLD leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi,
                 the elected members of parliament from the NLD, and the people of

                 NLD is part of the National Council of the Union of Burma, a CALD
                 member organization.

                 In its statement, CALD noted that the NLD is the “true voice” of the
                 people of Burma, having posted a landslide victory at the 1990 elections
                 – Burma’s last free and fair polls. But instead of recognizing the results,
                 the country’s ruling junta clamped down on the opposition and its
                 supporters, as well as singled out NLD leaders and followers for
                 harassment and worse. Since then NLD officials have been persecuted,
                 detained, or sent into exile. Daw Suu Kyi herself has been placed under
                 house arrest for 11 of the past 18 years; she has been kept out of the
                 public eye for the last few years as well.

                 CALD noted that Burma’ ruling junta, under the leadership of Senior
                 General Than Shwe and Prime Minister Soe Win, “continues to rule
                 with an iron fist and shows no sign of sincerity and political will toward
                 the restoration of Burma’s democracy, rebuilding the economy and

International    genuine national reconciliation.”

                 The statement also said, “Together with governments, parliaments,
    Activities   civil society movements and citizens of the European Union, the
                 Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the United States, Japan,
                 Australia, and many other countries, we in CALD have expressed its
                 support for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and solidarity with the people of
                 Burma in their quest for justice, freedom and democracy.”

                 It observed that the situation Burma continued to deteriorate, with
                 human-rights abuses that include arbitrary arrests, detentions, and
                 killings, as well as forceful dislocation of communities still going on
                 without restraint.

                 “With the military junta’s determination to remain in power at whatever
                 cost and to destroy all forms of resistance,” said CALD, “we are aware
                 of the dangers faced by NLD and its leaders and members.” For this,
                 NLD has earned CALD’s highest respect and esteem and the umbrella
                 of liberal and democratic political parties in Asia assured NLD of its
                 continued and unwavering support.

The message was signed by CALD Chairman, Liberal Party President and
Philippine Senator Franklin Drilon; CALD and Liberal Party Secretary
General and Philippine MP, Dr. Neric Acosta; former CALD Chairman
and leader of the Cambodian national opposition, Sam Rainsy, MP; former
CALD Secretary General and Taiwanese parliamentarian Bi-Khim Hsiao
of the Democratic Progressive Party; Liberal Party Sri Lanka President Dr.
Rajiva Wijesinha; and CALD Executive Director John Joseph S. Coronel.


Despite the lobbying of the Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus, a group
of lawmakers within ASEAN countries, to expel Myanmar from the
association government, ASEAN leaders have disregarded the appeal.
However, international focus on human rights concerns finally gave them
cause to push the Myanmar government. ASEAN leaders at the 11th
Summit urged Myanmar to expedite its implementation of its political
program, Roadmap to Democracy. Myanmar former Prime Minister Khin
Nyunt released this program in August 2003. It is a systematic plan that
outlines the steps necessary to building a nation. It includes provisions
for reconvening a National Convention, for drafting a new constitution
and its adoption through a national referendum and for holding elections
for legislative bodies.

Ignoring ASEAN’s policy of non-interference in the internal affairs of its
member states, the 11th ASEAN Summit Chairman and Prime Minister
of Malaysia Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi also issued a statement
calling on Myammar to release its political detainees. While the statement
did not specify particular names, Aung San Suu Kyi tops the list of political
prisoners under house arrest. This statement was in line with the Kuala
Lumpur Declaration on the Establishment of the ASEAN Charter of the
summit, which stated the “promotion of democracy, human rights and
obligations, transparency and good governance and strengthening
democratic institutions” is of utmost importance.

In response, Myanmar has invited current chair of ASEAN, Malaysian
Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to visit Myanmar and
assess the situation there for himself.

Several parliamentarians from CALD member parties are part of the
ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus.


                 With friends and partners across the globe experiencing personal and
                 organizational triumphs, CALD was kept busy writing and sending
                 notes of appreciation and congratulations. June in particular had CALD
                 putting pen to paper for missives to the likes of Hon. Wolfgang
                 Gerhardt, MP, who became the new chairman of the Friedrich Naumann
                 Foundation that month. Gerhardt was the former leader of the German
                 Free Democrat Party (FDP), as well as of FDP Parliamentary Group in
                 the Bundestag. He had been vice president of Liberal International
                 since 2002.

                 In a letter extending CALD’s congratulations to Gerhardt for his new
                 challenge as FNF chairman, Philippine Senate President and CALD
                 Chairman Franklin Drilon observed, “Ever since CALD’s inception in
                 1993, FNF has stood side by side with CALD in its quest to promote
                 liberal democracy in Asia. Such a partnership has made CALD what it
                 is today. To this day, FNF remains as our most important partner. It is a
                 partnership that is characterized by parity, mutual respect and
                 accountability, and synergy.” CALD expressed its confidence that with
                 Gerhardt’s vision and leadership, the alliance between FNF and CALD
                 would continue and even flourish.

                 CALD also sent a letter of appreciation to Gerhardt’s predecessor, former
                 FNF Chairman Count Otto Lambdorff, who Drilon said had “personally
International    witnessed CALD’s challenging early stages when it was trying to create

    Activities   a name and a niche for itself.” The Count and Countess Alexandra
                 even made sure they were at CALD’s 10th anniversary celebration in
                 Bangkok in December 2003.

                 It was also in June that CALD sent letters of congratulations to new
                 Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi, Deputy Prime Minister Francesco
                 Rutelli, and Senator and Vice Foreign Minister Gianni Vernetti. Rutelli
                 is the president of La Margherita Party while Vernetti is in charge of its
                 foreign relations.

                 In December 2005, high-level parliamentarians from CALD member
                 and observer parties including the Liberal Party of the Philippines, the
                 Democrat Party of Thailand, the Sam Rainsy Party of Cambodia, the
                 Democratic Party of Japan, and the Democratic Party of Hong Kong
                 together with the CALD secretary general and the CALD executive
                 director attended a meeting sponsored by the La Margherita and the
                 European Democratic Party on “Asia-Europe Strategic Partnership: The

Future is Now” in Rome, Italy. Prior to the Rome meeting, Vernetti had
visited Bangkok and Manila where he met officials of Democrat Party
of Thailand, Liberal Party of the Philippines and CALD.

In CALD’s congratulatory letter to the new Italian premier, CALD
chairman Drilon underscored the “strengthening of alliances between
European and Asian Liberals. The continuing political dialogue between
the two regions as well as the establishment of a network of European
and Asian democrats were two of the agreements made during the
meeting in Rome… (CALD expresses its) confidence and optimism in a
new era of political reform and economic progress for Italy as well as a
new impetus for greater integration in the European Union.”

In September, CALD congratulated Japanese MP Ichiro Ozawa for his
re-election as president of the Democratic Party of Japan, which is a
CALD observer party. CALD noted in its letter to Ozawa that the DPJ’s
participation in many CALD activities and conferences has been
“invaluable in the growth” of the organization “as a major force in
the field of democratic advocacy in Asia.”

“It is our desire that CALD and DPJ will even have stronger engagements
in the future,” CALD also said, adding that under Ozawa’s leadership,
“Japanese democratic opposition will be stronger and more dynamic.”

December saw CALD sending another letter of congratulations, this
time to Hon. Graham Watson, MEP, for his reelection as leader of the
Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe.

In the letter signed by its chairman, CALD said that Watson’s “leadership
and vision have certainly made ALDE a significant force in the European
Union.” It wished Watson success in his vision of making ALDE an
even stronger and relevant Third Force in the EP, especially with the
historic enlargement of the European Union.

It has also been under Watson’s watch that effective networks and
strong bonds of friendship were established between ALDE and liberal
organizations, including Liberal International and CALD. ALDE and
CALD even had two joint meetings, the first being in Brussels in 2004,
the second in Manila in 2006.

                 YOUTHS ON THE MIDDLE EAST

                 YOUTHS often think they are the center of the universe, but in the
                 world of CALD youths are interested in global and regional affairs. On
                 August 9, CALD hosted a half-day meeting between the Barisan
                 Nasional Youth of Malaysia and various Philippine youth groups in which
                 a major goal was to discuss the political crisis in the Middle East, as
                 well as to see how young leaders from Southeast Asia could address
                 the problem.

                 The Barisan Nasional Youth is the youth-arm of the Malaysia’s ruling
                 Barisan Nasional (BN), which consists of 15 parties, including Parti
                 Gerakan Rakyat, a founding member-party of CALD.

                 The meeting, chaired by CALD Executive Director John Coronel, was
                 held at the joint offices of CALD and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation
                 in Manila. Hon. Dato’ Mah Siew Keong, Deputy Minister of Agriculture
                 and Parti Gerakan Rakyat Youth National Chairman, who headed the
                 eight-member Malaysian youth delegation, expressed his deep concern
                 over the massive loss of lives and property in Lebanon, which was
                 under siege by Israel at the time. This stimulated a discussion that was
                 facilitated by Jose Luis Martin Gascon, former Philippine education
                 undersecretary and member of the Liberal Party of the Philippines,
                 another CALD founding member.

International    Earlier, Coronel and Anne Elicano, program officer of the Young Liberals

    Activities   and Democrats of Asia (YLDA), also presented their views on the Middle
                 East crisis.

                 As the meeting wound up, it was agreed that the participants would
                 communicate regularly to continue with the dialogue online and that
                 the Philippine group would have follow-up meetings. The possibility
                 of creating a Philippine youth forum on the Middle East crisis was also

                 Dato’ Mah was assisted by Hon. Japlin Akim, State Assistant Minister
                 and Sabah UMNO Youth Chairman. UMNO stands for United Malays
                 National Organization, the dominant party in BN. Other Malaysian
                 parties represented were the Partu Bersatu Rakyat Sabah, United
                 Pasokmomogun Kazandusun, Sabah Progressive Party, and the Liberal
                 Democratic Party.

The Philippine youth contingent was headed Princess Abante of the
National Youth Commission, the government agency tasked with all
youth related concerns. The youth arms of several Philippine political
parties — among them the ruling LAKAS Christian Muslim Democrats,
the Liberal Party, Aksyon Democratiko (Democratic Action Party), Bayan
Muna (People First Party), and SANLAKAS – sent their officials. So did
the biggest university and college council organization, the National
Union of Students of the Philippines, as well as the Young Christian
Socialists of the Philippines, the Union of Catholic Student Councils,
the Philippine Islamic Council, Youth Empowerment and Solidarity
Towards Social Change (YES to Change), Philippine People’s Parliament-
Youth, Samahang Demokratiko ng Kabataan (Democratic Youth
Movement), De La Salle University Political Science Society, and Youth
for Sustainable Development

Dr. Ronald Meinardus, Resident Representative of FNF Manila and
Gascon gave the welcome remarks.

Hong Kong
South Korea
Sri Lanka
United Kingdom


                              ASIA                               INDIA
 Positions of speakers and
 resource persons indicated
                                                                 Dr. Sundeep Waslekar
 reflect designation during   BURMA                              Strategic Foresight Group
 the actual event.
                              Dr. Sein Win
                              Prime Minister                     INDONESIA
                              National Coalition of the
                              Government of the Union of         Mr. Luky Djunjardi Djani
                              Burma (NCGUB)                      Vice Coordinator,
                                                                 Indonesia Corruption Watch
                              Mr. Nyo Ohn Myint                  (ICW) Working Committee
                              International Coordinator,
                              Global Burma Campaign,             Mrs. Badriyah Fayumi, MP
                              National League for Democracy      The Nation Awakening Party
                              (Liberated Area) - National        (PKB)
                              Council of the Union of Burma
                              (NLD-NCUB)                         Dr. Arianto Patunru
                                                                 Deputy Director and Assistant
                              CAMBODIA                           Institute for Economic and
                                                                 Social Research,
                              Hon. Sam Rainsy, MP                Department of Economics,
                              President, Sam Rainsy Party        University of Indonesia
                              Leader of the National
                              Opposition of Cambodia             Hon. Eva Kusuma Sundari,
                              Hon. Son Chhay, MP                 Indonesian Democratic Party of
                              Chairman, Committee on             Struggle (PDIP)
                              Foreign Relations, International
                              Cooperation, Propaganda and        Prof. Cecep Syarifudin, MP
                              Information of the Cambodian       Nation Awakening Party (PKB)
                              National Assembly
                              Member, Sam Rainsy Party

Speakers                      Hon. Saumura Tioulong, MP
                              Member, Sam Rainsy Party           Professor Ryokichi Hirono
                                                                 Professor, Graduate School of
                                                                 International Studies,
                              HONG KONG                          Teikyo University

                              Hon. Martin Chu-Ming Lee,          Hon. Tetsundo Iwakuni, MP
                              Q.C., S.C.,                        Director for International Affairs,
                              Legislative Councilor              Democratic Party
                              Founding Chairman, Democratic
                              Party in Hong Kong

Hon. Shuji Kira, MP                 Senator Francis “Kiko” P.N.        Dr. Francisco Magno
Vice Director General,              Pangilinan                         Executive Director,
International Department and        Majority Leader, Philippine        La Salle Institute of Governance
Executive Office,                   Senate
Democratic Party                    Chairman, Liberal Party            Dr. Ronald Meinardus
Member, Committee on Foreign                                           Resident Representative,
Affairs and Committee on            Hon. Henedina Abad, MP             Friedrich Naumann Foundation
Economy, Trade and Industry of      Vice Chairperson, Committee        – Manila Office
the House of Representatives        on Good Government
                                    Reorganization                     Mr. Abe Olandres
                                    Chair, CALD Women’s Caucus         Blog Consultant
MALAYSIA                            Vice President, International
                                    Network of Liberal Women           Gov. Grace Cielo M. Padaca
Hon. Senator Dato’ Dr.              (INLW)                             Governor, Provice of Isabela
Seevaratnam Vijayaratnam                                               Member, Liberal Party National
Parliamentary Secretary to the      Hon. Joseph Emilio A. Abaya,       Executive Council
Minister of Plantation Industries   MP
and Commodities                     Member, Liberal Party National     Hon. Felicito Payumo
Vice President, Parti Gerakan       Executive Council                  Chairman, Subic Bay
Rakyat Malaysia (PGRM)                                                 Metropolitan Authority
                                    Hon. Dr. J.R. Nereus Acosta,
Hon. Yong Dai Ying                  MP                                 Hon. Lorenzo Tanada III, MP
Member, State Legislative           Secretary General, Council of      Member, Liberal Party National
Council of Malaysia                 Asian Liberals and Democrats       Executive Council
Member, Central Committee,          Secretary General, Liberal Party
Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia       of the Philippines                 Dr. Julio Teehankee
(PGRM)                                                                 Chairman, Department of
                                    Mr. John Joseph S. Coronel         Political Science,
                                    Executive Director,                De La Salle University
PHILIPPINES                         Council of Asian Liberals and
                                    Democrats (CALD)                   Mr. Rolando G. Tungpalan
H.E. Corazon “Cory” C.                                                 Assistant Director-General for
Aquino                              Atty. Jose Luis Gascon             Investment Programming,
Former President of the Republic    Member, Liberal Party National     National Economic and
of the Philippines                  Executive Council                  Development Authority (NEDA)

Hon. Franklin M. Drilon             Mr. Brian V. Gonzales
President, Philippine Senate        Program Officer,                   SINGAPORE
President, Liberal Party            Council of Asian Liberals and
Chairman, Council of Asian          Democrats (CALD)                   Ms. Chee Siok Chin
Liberals and Democrats (CALD)                                          Secretary General,
Chairman, 112th General             Mr. Geert H.P.B. van der           Singapore Democratic Party
Assembly of the Inter-              Linden
Parliamentary Union (IPU)           Vice President for Knowledge
                                    Management and Sustainable
                                    Asian Development Bank (ADB)

            SOUTH KOREA                         THAILAND

            Hon. Chung Eui-yong, MP             Mr. Kavi Chongkittavorn
            Senior Commissioner, Institute      Assistant Group Editor,
            of Foreign Affairs and National     Multimedia Nation Group
            Chairman, Foreign Relations         Dr. Pia Oberoi
            Committee of the Uri Party          Project Coordinator,
                                                Asian Forum for Human Rights
            Hon. Dr. Yoo Jay-kun, MP            and Development (FORUM-
            Chairman, National Defense          ASIA)
            Committee of the National
            Assembly                            Dr. Buranaj Smutharaks, MP
            Senior member, Uri Party            Deputy Spokesman, Democrat

            SRI LANKA                           Mr. Hubertus von Welck
                                                Director, Friedrich Naumann
            Dr. Rajiva Wijesinha                Foundation,
            President, Liberal Party            Regional office for East and
            Professor of Languages,             Southeast Asia
            University of Sabaragamuwa

                                                Ms. Charmaine Rodrigues
            H.E. Chen Shui Bian                 Project Coordinator,
            President of Taiwan                 Right to Information Programme
            Hon. Bi-khim Hsiao, MP
            Member, Foreign Relations
            Committee of Taiwan                 EUROPE
            Vice President, Liberal
            Ms. Joyce Huang
Speakers    Manager, News Department,
            Radio Taiwan
                                                Hon. Kyösti Virrankoski, MEP
                                                Member and Deputy
                                                Coordinator, Committee on
            Mr. Chou Yen-shin                   Budgets
            Director for Policy and Planning,   Deputy Coordinator, Committee
            International Cooperation and       on Agriculture
            Development Fund                    Vice President, Japan Delegation
                                                and JPC-EU-Romania Delegation

GERMANY                             Hon. Jules Maaten, MEP
                                    Member, Committee for the
Hon. Dr. Wolfgang Gerhardt          Environment, Public Health and
Chairman, Friedrich-Naumann-        Consumer Affairs
Foundation                          Member, Foreign Affairs
Leader, Free Democratic Party       Committee
(FDP) Parliamentary Group in
the Bundestag
H.E. Dr. Friedrich Hamburger
Head of Delegation, European        Hon. Ignasi Guardans Cambó,
Commission to Thailand,             MEP
Cambodia, the Lao PDR and the       Member, European Parliament
Union of Myanmar                    for Convergència i Unió (CiU)
                                    Member, Alliance of Liberals
Mr. Andreas Proksch                 and Democrats for Europe
Director, Strategic Corporate       (ALDE)
Development Department of
                                    UNITED KINGDOM
Mr. Manfred Richter
Treasurer, Board of the Friedrich   The Lord Alderdice
Naumann Foundation                  President, Liberal International

                                    Mr. Jasper Veen
HUNGARY                             Secretary General, Liberal
Hon. Dr. István Szenti-Ivanyi,
MEP                                 Hon. Graham Watson, MEP
Vice Chairman, Delegation for       Leader, Alliance of Liberals and
Relations with the Korean           Democrats for Europe (ALDE)
Member, Committee on Foreign        Mr. Karl Ziegler
Affairs                             Founder and Director,
Substitute member, Committee        Centre for Accountability and
on International Trade              Debt Relief


Hon. Hans van Baalen, MP
Deputy President, Liberal
President, Supervisory
Committee of the Netherlands
Institute for Multiparty
Democracy (IMD)


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            The Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD) is the oldest umbrella

     CALD   organization of political parties in East, South East and South Asia.

            • To foster the growth of society based on personal liberty, personal
              responsibility, social justice, the rule of law and free market economy;
            • To provide the means of cooperation, exchange ideas, interchange of
              information and network-building among and between liberal parties
              and organizations with a liberal orientation and vision, and;
            • To discuss and analyze current as well as future political, social and
              economic concepts and developments in Asia.

            • Leadership trainings
            • Political dialogues through conferences and exchanges
            • Political education through seminars, workshops, visits and other
              appropriate channels and;
            • Exchange of information through publications and research

            BRIEF HISTORY

            CALD’s formation was a response to the wave of political change
            experienced in the region, which necessitated a common understanding
            of the basic principles of liberal democracy and an Asian agenda, which
            include appropriate responses to problems and crises of common concern.

            The organization was founded in an inaugural General Assembly with
            H.E. Chuan Leekpai, Prime Minister of Thailand, and Dr. Kim Dae Jung of
            Korea on 10 to 12 December 1993 in Bangkok. Its founding members
            include the Democrat Party (Taiwan), the Liberal Party (Philippines), the
            People’s Movement Party (Malaysia), the Democratic Party (Korea) and the
            Buddhist Liberal Democratic Party (Cambodia).

                  “Compared to a decade ago, democracy has flourished in
                  Asia…The Council of Asian Liberals & Democrats has greatly
                  contributed to pursuing democracy as a common value of Asia
                  beyond the differences in language, religion and culture. As a
                  result, CALD has developed as one of the epicenters in
                  promoting democracy in Asia.”

                                          - Kim Dae Jung, Nobel Laureate and
                                          former President of Korea on the
                                          occasion of CALD’s 10th Anniversary

                                             Hon. Senate President Franklin Drilon

                                             Hon. Dr. J.R. Nereus Acosta, MP
                                             Secretary General

                                             Mr. John Joseph S. Coronel
                                             Executive Director

                                             CALD Secretariat
                                             7-B Amorsolo Street
                                             Makati City 1223

                                             Tel +632 8113151; +632 7527557
                                             Fax +632 810 1431

CALD 2006 Annual Report

John Joseph S. Coronel   CC Balgos   Gerry R. Baclagon                Paolo Antonio A. Zamora
                                                                      Carlo Joseph F. Religioso

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