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Asian political leaders, journalists, teachers, artists to ‘build democratic coalition vs disinformation’

Political leaders, journalists, teachers, and artists from Asia will meet at the Iloilo Convention Center in Iloilo on November 12-13 in a conference with the theme “building a democratic coalition against disinformation.”

“Disinformation has divided people all over the world. We need democracy, which connects us to each other, more than ever to overcome the many challenges we face, including poverty and hunger, the pandemic and climate change,” said Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, chairperson of the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD) and the Liberal Party of the Philippines (LP).

“Massive disinformation has shaken the very foundations of democracy. Democratic political, social, and cultural institutions are coming together in this conference to take the necessary steps to fight disinformation and fight for truth,” said former CALD chairperson and Senate President of the Philippines Franklin M. Drilon.

Participants from Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines will be joined by delegates from the European Union and the United States to discuss the impact of disinformation on politics and society in East and Southeast Asia. The sessions are geared toward cooperation and action.

Speakers and panelists include Phil Bennion, vice president of Liberal International and former Member of European Parliament from the United Kingdom; Moritz Kleine-Brockhoff, regional director of the Southeast and East Asia Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF); Sheila Coronel, director of the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism Columbia University in the U.S.; James Gomez, regional director of Asia Centre in Thailand; Jaslyn Go, cadre member of the Singapore Democratic Party;

Sir Graham Watson, former president of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party from the U.K.; Siripa Intavichein, chairperson of CALD Youth and deputy spokesperson of the Democrat Party of Thailand; Chompoonut Nakornthap, secretary of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives of Thailand; Kulachada Chaipipat, of COFACT Thailand; and Jayanthi Devi Balaguru, chairperson of the CALD Women’s Caucus from Malaysia.

The Philippine delegation includes LP president and member of the Philippine House of Representatives Edcel Lagman, former CALD chairpersons Florencio “Butch” Abad and Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo, former Supreme Court justice Antonio Carpio, and Senator Ana Theresia “Risa” Hontiveros-Baraquel.

The two-day conference is organized and sponsored by CALD, in cooperation with LP and the Center for Liberalism and Democracy (CLD), with the support of FNF.

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