The Vice President was in Thailand for an engagement.
At 8:30 am, she attended the opening session of the 8thCouncil of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD)- Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) Summit in Dusit Thani, Bangkok. Since its inauguration in Bangkok in 1993, CALD has consistently watered the seeds of liberalism and democracy among its member-parties by organizing conferences, seminars, workshops, and executive missions across the region. The opening session had the theme, “Reclaiming Democracy, Rebuilding Society”. It hoped to respond to the question as to how liberals and democrats can defend and strengthen democratic institutions and processes in the face of populism and authoritarianism in Asia and other parts of the world.
In her speech, the Vice President shared the remarkable experience of the Filipino people of fighting for their democracy and how all nations must stand together to protect our freedoms. “The Filipino experience of fighting for freedom and restoring its democracy is a story worth telling, because it offers a story of hope that democracies are worth fighting for. And because we strongly believe that if we listen and give power back to the people we govern, we will finally eradicate suffering among our poor who work hard and long hours and yet end up with nothing. We will finally feed the hungry. We will finally claim the progress our people so deserve. And today, I address you with the same strong resolve and with the same determination, that we never falter in our commitment to democracy, rule of law, and human rights, no matter how the rest of the world may dismiss them now. In fact, we must forge stronger bonds so that we can be better liberals and democrats than ever before, as we confront the many forces that trample on the very freedoms we hold dear.”