Privileged Speech, House of Representatives of the Philippines, September 2, 2013


Vivir Bien is a Spanish phrase used to describe the way of life of indigenous peoples in the Andes region of South America.

Sombath Somphone, a widely-respected leader in education and sustainable development in the Lao PDR, and recipient of the 2005 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership, disappeared on the evening of December 15th, 2012 in the Lao capital Vientiane (see ). CCTV footage which became available 2 days later showed Sombath being stopped by traffic police, his car driven away by an unknown person, and then Sombath being taken in a pickup by 2-3 other unidentified persons.

The Right to Know. Right Now! Coalition

 24 June 2013

WE HAVE a dream.

We dream of a Philippines where citizens are educated and healthy; where they have adequate opportunities for decent and secure jobs, livelihood and business; and where their human rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution are respected.

We dream of a government that will take good care of our hard-earned tax money and harness it for the public good, rather than squander it on corruption and inefficiency.

Key Discussion points

Where is the U.S. crisis heading and what are the implications for Asia?
Why does the European crisis continue to deepen? 
How are the crises affecting emerging economies?
Where is Thailand in the context of global crises?

Monday, 28 January 2013 at 08.30 AM - 12.00 PM

By Walden Bello*

(Speech at meeting of international social movements, Hotel Trang, Bangkok, August 31, 2012.)


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