The Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP) has empowered its chairman and president, Senator Edgardo J. Angara, to enter into coalitions in preparation for the May 2013 midterm elections.
In a National Executive Council Meeting held today at the Manila Hotel, the LDP passed a resolution giving Angara full authority to negotiate and enter into coalitions with other political parties. The LDP said party coalitions would create a more stable political environment in the run up to next year’s polls.
In a bid to eradicate corruption in the country and in support of the administration’s anti-corruption crusade, Senator Edgardo J. Angara called on government officials, members of the academe, media and civil society to take part in the upcoming Fifth Global Conference of Parliamentarians Against Corruption, which will be held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) on January 30 to February 2, 2013.
1. Senator Edgardo J. Angara (SEJA)
2. Dr. John V.C. Nye, Executive Director of the Angara Centre for Law and Economics; Frederic Bastiat Chair in Political Economy at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
3. Dr. Arsenio Balisacan, Director-General, NEDA
Senator Edgardo J. Angara underscored the need for government to interface more with the country’s many academic institutions, as he lauded the recent presentation of a paper on reforming Philippine labor policies from Dr. Gerado Sicat for the UP President Edgardo J. Angara (PEJA) Fellowship.
“Government can only meaningfully govern if it is guided by correct data and information,” said Angara, who served as President of the University of the Philippines (UP) before first becoming senator in 1987. “Unfortunately, government officials do not always have access to such knowledge.”
With the current efforts of the government to institute major economic reforms, the views of Dr. Tyler Cowen, regarded as one of the brightest economic minds, will be particularly timely when he speaks at the launch of the Angara Centre for Law and Economics on August 3, at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza.
Tyler Cowen, ranked by the Foreign Policy Magazine as one of the Most Influential Thinkers of 2011, will be leading the panel discussion on Globalization, Innovation and Economic Growth.
Senator Edgardo J. Angara was honored yesterday as one of the former Senate Presidents in a commemorative program kicking off the Silver Anniversary celebration of the Third Philippine Senate.
Before receiving the special plaque of recognition, Angara gave a brief message of appreciation, recalling all the challenges and hurdles the Senate faced under his leadership.
Today, we come together to open the third and final session of the 15th Congress and, later, to hear the President address the nation.
The past year was fraught with challenges, imperiled by dissension. But accountability was upheld, and we are on our way to restoring public trust.
The economy appears stronger, and the people more optimistic. Yet for each thing accomplished, twice more needs to be done. For the people expect a lot more from a government it empowered with an overwhelming mandate.
Government leaders should sit down, set the goals for the proposed constitutional reform, and let the debate run its course, said Senator Edgardo J. Angara in an interview earlier today.
"But the proposed constitutional and political change should aim for economic prosperity and development," he stressed, adding that the objective is not merely to convert from one form of government to another, but to find ways of boosting the economy and improving the investment climate in order to generate more domestic and foreign business.