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October 14, 2009

Klaus Preschle bids farewell, welcomes Peter Koeppinger

(Photo, L-R: Dr. Peter Koeppinger, Mr. Klaus Preschle (background), former Pres. Fidel V. Ramos) The grand ballroom of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel buzzed with 250 close friends of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung to bid farewell to outgoing country representative of 6 ½ years Klaus Preschle. Among them former President Fidel V. Ramos, who aside from thanking his dear friend Klaus Preschle, took the opportunity to give presidential aspirant National Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro unsolicited... more…

October 12, 2009

Voices of Dissent

(Photo: "Power Women" former Sen. Santanina Rasul and Amina Rasul) Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) partner, the Philippine Council for Islam and Democracy (PCID) launched a publication, Voices of Dissent: A Postscript to the MOA-AD Decision, last September 11, 2009 at the Powerbooks Megamall. The book features essays written by noted Muslim peace advocates as well as non-Muslim legal scholars that present contrary views to the Supreme Court decision declaring the Memorandum of Agreement on... more…

October 10, 2009

Video Documentary remembers Raul S. Manglapus

A video documentary on the life of statesman Raul S. Manglapus was presented to the public last Sept. 8, 2009 at the Rockwell Cinema 4. The documentary, entitled “Faith in the Filipino: Lessons from Raul S. Manglapus”, centered on the ideals and travails of the late Senator Manglapus, and depicts how his reformist political ideas inspired a generation of Filipinos. Manglapus was elected to the Philippine Senate in 1961, served as the “third force” opposition candidate during the 1965... more…

October 6, 2009

Civil Society Groups present the Citizen Reform Agenda for 2010

In hopes of pursuing an issue-based election for the 2010 elections instead of a personality-based campaign, civil society groups headed by the Ateneo School of Government, the Transparency and Accountability Network, Haribon Foundation Inc., the Local Government Development Foundation, presented the Citizen’s Reform Agenda for 2010 last Sept. 2 in Mandaluyong City... more…

October 4, 2009

Commission on Elections Update KAS Partners

(Photo, L-R: New KAS country representative Dr. Peter Koeppinger, Comm. Rene Sarmiento (background), outgoing KAS country representative Klaus Preschle) Commissioner Rene Sarmiento of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) addressed 40 NGOs and policy think-tanks on September 23 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel during the last KAS Partner Workshop under the 6.5-year leadership of country representative Klaus Preschle. Sarmiento stressed the importance of first-time and previous voters... more…

August 13, 2009

Importance of civilian peacekeeping stressed

(Foto: BGen. Juancho Saban of the Philippine Marines and OPAPP Asst. Secretary Camilo Montesa) In order to discuss effective ways of sustainable peacekeeping, leaders of the Nonviolent Peaceforce met with several experts from the government, non-governmental organizations, the academe and the military at a forum on civilian peacekeeping, organized by the Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG) and supported by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS)... more…

August 7, 2009

New Series of Policy Papers Launched at the Senate

(Photo, L-R: Senator Aquilino Pimentel, KAS Country Representative Klaus Preschle, Ateneo School of Government Associate Dean Dr. Dennis Gonzalez) The joint project of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and the Ateneo School of Government policy papers was brought to the Senate of the Republic of the Philippines on May 28. After the policy papers’ introduction to the House of Representatives last April 22, the technical staff of the... more…

August 3, 2009

Social Market Economy: A Viable Development Option for the Philippines?

The current economic crisis, which showcased the weaknesses and the failures of the current neo-liberal economic model, should be a good time to determine a new economic model to adapt, according to German economic expert Dr. Dieter W. Benecke (photo). Dr. Benecke, who visited the Philippines upon the invitation of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and has also lectured on the subject worldwide, delivered a series of lectures to various societal groups on the German Social Market economy, which is.. more…

July 30, 2009

KAS International Newsletter Issue 2, June 2009

Newsletter from the International Cooperation Department of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. In this particular issue, 60 years Federal Republic of Germany is celebrated worldwide highlighting the series of events with Prof. Dr. Dr. Rudolf Dolzer of the University of Bonn, who was invited by Chief Justice Reynato Puno of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. KAS Deputy Secretary General and Editor-in-Chief Dr. Gerhard Wahlers gives us an update on KAS projects, programs and news worldwide. more…

July 21, 2009

Dialogue held with Transparency International Philippines

[Foto: Dolores Español, Klaus Preschle, Cora Alma de Leon, and Pascal Fabie] Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung country representative met with Transparency International Philippines chairwoman Dolores Español and newly-installed executive director Cora Alma de Leon, as well as the regional director for Asia-Pacific, Pascal Fabie to discuss the recently published report of Transparency International on corruption in the Philippines and also tackled several possibilities for cooperation between KAS and TI.