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CDP member attends Asian Youth Forum in Bangkok

CDP member attends Asian Youth Forum in Bangkok
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A member and officer of the Regional Council of the Centrist Democratic Party(CDP) of the Philippines Northern Mindanao, Lorelyn Galarrita Turtosa-Dumaug attends the Asian Youth Forum with other delegates and keynote speakers from Cambodia, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, South Korea, Singapore,Vietnam and our host country Thailand,and Germany, organizers from Kondrad Adenauer Stiftung(KAS)-Asia headed by Dr. Wilhelm Hofmiester, the Director of the Regional Programme for Political Dialogue with Asia.

The forum is held in Davis Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand on July 12-14, 2012.

During the 2nd day of the forum on July 13, 2012 she delivered a speech a speech on "The Role of Political Parties in Curbing Corruption: Youth and Anti-Corruption Movement in the Philippines".

Below is the content of the speech.
To my esteemed fellow delegates of this Asian Youth Forum, from Cambodia, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, South Korea, Singapore,Vietnam and our host country Thailand and of course to my co-delegate from the Philippines, to the organizers from Kondrad Adenauer Stiftung(KAS)-Asia headed by Dr. Wilhelm Hofmiester, the Director of the Regional Programme for Political Dialogue with Asia and to all of us present in this august hall, good afternoon.

I am from the Southern Part of the Philippines, most particularly, from Northern Mindanao where Muslims, Christians and the indigenous Peoples lived through various times of our country’s political struggles. I live between two cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan, the two cities which 6 months ago had been struck by the greatest calamity I had ever encountered in our place, the typhoon Sendong or Washi, which claimed more than 3,000 lost and missing lives. And I would like to take this opportunity to thank our neighbors in Asia and in Europe through your respective governments for the immense outpouring of your support that aided us in responding to the immediate need of our people.

A political thinker Revel, in an article said that “The best obstacle to corruption is democratic control, and by corollary, corruption is one of the most destructive ways of undermining democracy.”

This statement caught my attention considering the fact that my country, being the first Democratic State, predominantly Christian ,considered once as beacon of democracy in Asia is beleaguered by the unending issues of corruption since the Spanish Colonialist landed in the Philippines more than 500 years ago.

Corruptions have reached every fabric of our political consciousness as a Filipino nation resulting to hardening poverty in all areas in the country.
On the Corruption Perceptions Index(CPI) in 2011 by the Transparency International, Philippines has a low score of 2.6 in the scale of 1 to 10, and out of the 182 countries in the world, the Philippines is on the 129th rank making us truly a corrupt country in Asia.

We have a 13th President who was pardoned by our 14th President both of whom are convicted and charged respectively of plunder, massive corruption and electoral sabotage. A former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court was recently convicted by the Senate Impeachment Court for high crimes and gross violation of the Constitution for Graft and Corruption.

These are the most recent and high level corruption cases in the Philippines. The administration now of President Benigno Aquino III, banking on his campaign message for good governance, is serious in cleaning the image of the country and is creating a greater public value that by prosecuting grafters and corrupters, the country’s most serious problems like poverty can ultimately be solved.

However, his anti-corrupt measures, though in the right track, are facing formidable obstacles like delayed prosecution and disposition of justice, the limited participation of the civil societies and political interest groups and the continuous domination of the country’s powerful few.

Our country is rich of many young inspiring heroes to emulate for nation building. We have Dr. Jose P. Rizal, our national hero, Andres Bonifacio, and all many other young heroes during the Spanish, American, Japanese Occupations and even during the 20-year dictatorial regime of President Marcos. These young heroes died and some are still alive for the universally accepted democratic values of Freedom, Justice and Good Governance.

However, at this period of our history our greatest enemies are no longer the colonialist nor dictators; but Corruption and Poverty.

Currently, we are faced with the reality that there is an exodus of brilliant young people of the Philippines because their skills and talents are made useful in foreign lands but not in our country while a great majority with young families, are forced to leave their love ones in a hope of giving better living conditions only to return to broken homes.

It was in February 2009 when fate led me and other young professionals all over the Philippines into the Centrist Democratic Movement. We value human dignity in all phases of our pursuit for political and social transformation, with subsidiariy or the empowerment of the people as a way of dismantling the corrupt highly centralized structures in our public governance and to have a Philippine Social Market Economy to initiate economic reforms in order to level the playing field free from monopolists and cartels.

We call ourselves, Centrist Democrats in the Philippines. We believed that a highly centralized government controlling the entire governance of the country in the hands of powerful few has contributed to this systemic corruption plaguing the nation.

We will participate in the 2013 National Elections. We are resolved to be the first authentic political party in the Philippines, adhering to our platform of governance, membership-based, and are free from the generosity of powerful few as we adhere strictly to our internal democracy and our members can participate in democratic elections. We do away with personality or popularity-based politics for we are programmatic and principle orientated.

Yes, we aspire to be the first political party in the political history of the Philippines gearing towards the institutionalization of the political party system to make our democracy truly functional and relevant.

We are doing a new kind of revolution to topple down corruption and poverty in the Philippines.

We will recruit and inspire more young people and we will make use of the benefit of internet technology, so that we will not just be mere onlookers but are active agents of change, propelled by love of country and commitment to nation-building.

We are now present in all of the 12 Regions in the country, with almost 10, 000 associate members, with 1,000 paying members, and with alliances with the labor, women and farmers organization.
Our visions seem so difficult to achieve but we are aware of the challenges ahead of us:

First, from among us, the founders, officers and members of our young party: whether we are able to transcend the political culture that we are accustomed to and successfully bring into the political arena a new way of looking at political parties.

Second, to bring our aims and ideals to the grassroots who constituted the greater majority of the Filipino voters.

And lastly, to elect Centrist Democrats in the 2013 National Election and in all subsequent elections, bringing the banner for good governance grounded on our centrist values, principles and platform of government.
At this juncture, I would say that we need help from various institutions around the world that can aid us in building real political party and can help us appreciate and apply the competence brought about by Centrist Democratic Ideologies in building a parliamentary and federal form of government in the Philippines.

In the spirit of Solidarity, I am bringing to you the voices of the young people in my party, help us in our efforts to have a new peaceful revolution against corruption through building alliances with our friends in Asia and in the other regions.

On a personal note, the reason why I am doing this is because I hope that one day I have a legacy to leave to my nation and that generations next to mine, would be proud to say that Philippines is no longer having the 2.6 Score in the CPI but attains at least a score of 9.00. And with that democracy can truly control corruption, and in effect democracy flourishes in a corrupt-free country, Philippines.

Although the situation seems hopeless and task for political reforms are hard, there is no other way to get out from the lowest pit but to hope; and in hoping, it can serve as a little candle glowing in the dark inspiring others to light their candles too enough to shine brightly for everyone.

Mabuhay , thank you very much ug Maayong Hapon Kanatong Tanan.


Brief Background of the Presenter:

The presenter is one of the two (2) delegates and one keynote speaker from the Philippines to the Asian Youth Forum in Davies Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand on July 12-14, 2012. She is currently working on her thesis with a topic on Political Party Institutionalization Being one of the Essential Tools to a Functioning Modern Democracy as her final requirement to obtain the Masters in Public Administration at the Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan, Cagayan de Oro City in March 2013. She is likewise a graduate of Bachelor of Laws from Mindanao State University at the MSU-IIT, in 2001 and also finished her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology, Iligan City. She is a Career Service Eligible and a Licensed Teacher as well as a Licensed Life Insurance Agent of the Philippines.

Currently, she engages on part-time basis as a consultant on para-legal and human resources services in Red Lenticel Enterprise and Consultancy Services as owner and proprietor, integrating and putting into use her acquired skills on the field when she was still doing full-time jobs as para-legal officer and human resource officer in various companies.

She was born in Cagayan de Oro City and lives her childhood in Taparak, Alubijid, Misamis Oriental.

The presenter is married to Roderico Y. Dumaug, Jr., a formerly elected public official in Iligan City for 18 years till his defeat in 2010 barangay elections and is now currently a university lecturer at MSU-IIT, Iligan City. Both the presenter and her husband are actively engaged in building political party in the Philippines, the Centrist Democratic Party (CDP).

The CDP is founded by a group of young professionals all over the country who believes in the promotion of good and effective governance, anchored on the value of human dignity and believes in the principles of subsidiarity and Philippine social market economy.

The presenter is one of the founding members of the national movement which paved the way to the building of the party.

The couple lives between Cagayan de Oro and Iligan Cities, Northern Mindanao, Philippines and they have a 3-years-old son, Patrick Francesco.
Date: 2012-07-24 17:58:07

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