CALOG (Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats that Love to bLog)

The Blog of Senator Kiko Pangilinan was born on September 7, 2006, in Taipei, Taiwan, during the 4th Annual CALD (Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats) Political Communications Workshop. Entitled, “Political Communications in the Digital Age: A Hands on Workshop on modern Political Communication tools,” the workshop was created to address a sincere and urgent desire to learn the latest technology and software that can boost communications practices of political parties in Asia.

Led by Dr. Ronald Meinardus of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation and CALD Executive Director John Coronel, CALOG is comprised of delegates from Indonesia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Pakistan, Thailand, Japan, Cambodia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, and even Myanmar. CALOG in Filipino, connotes a sense of humor. And that’s exactly what the participants had. Aside from enjoying the overflowing ice-cream, the participants enjoyed discussing the success and trials of their political parties. The workshop is on its 2nd day and its success is already evident.

Last night, BBC and Taiwan Radio International interviewed Pia Artadi-Facultad, Political Communications Head of Senator Kiko Pangilinan, along with Soe Aung of Myanmar and Keo Phirim of Cambodia to ask if the use of the Internet was truly an effective practice in emerging and struggling democracies in Asia. “The Philippines’ pervasive use of the Internet and the infinite possibilities that it brings for our countrymen, can only be effectively felt if it becomes a venue for political engagement and if it resonates in volumes the needs and wants of our people. Getting our countrymen engaged, especially the youth, is a significant step in our continuous struggle towards better governance, transparency and accountability.”

With the inception of Sen. Kiko Pangilinan’s Blog,TeamKiko is now online all the time, not just for its countrymen but also for fellow Asian Liberals and Democrats that want to learn about the success of TeamKiko in helping its nation move forward. Members of CALOG look forward to greater cooperation and involvement of TeamKIKO in the crusade for good governance, freedom and justice.

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Senator Kiko Pangilinan, at your service…

Senator Kiko Pangilinan proved his mettle by championing the cause of the judiciary. He belongs to a breed of new legislators who possess vibrancy in spirit, dedication to work, and passion for the voiceless segments of Philippine society.

He is acknowledged as one of the most hardworking and most productive senators in the country today. He filed the most number of committee reports during the 12th Congress. In fact, one-third of the total number of committee reports was chalked by Kiko. Such feat and exemplary performance earned the respect and trust of his colleagues in the Senate that they elected him majority leader of the 12th Congress and is the youngest to become Senate majority leader since 1937.

Prior to becoming the Senate Majority Leader, Kiko served as Chairman of the Senate Committees on Justice and Human Rights, Housing and Urban Planning, Education, and the Ethics and Public Accountability. He is also the principal author and sponsor of the Judiciary Compensation and Modernization Act, which doubled the pay and other benefits of judges and justices thereby addressing the issue of huge vacancy rate in many courts. Today, there has been an unprecedented rise of as much as 1000 to 1500 per cent increase in applications to judgeship positions in many areas nationwide.

He is also author of the law which doubled the pay of the National Prosecution Office and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Law. He also authored the law which amended the Balik-Turo Program thereby addressing the problem of shortage of teachers.
He is also credited for the passage of laws which created new local courts in San Pablo City, (RA 9252), Tagbilaran City (RA 9309), Eastern Samar Province (RA 9307) and Roxas City (RA 9274).

Some other legislation which Kiko became actively involved with include the following:The Citizenship Retention Act of 2003, The Filipino Overseas Absentee-Voting Act, Anti Piracy Law.  Kiko’s most recent contribution to Philippine legislation is the Juvenile Justice Law which addresses the plight of thousands of children incarcerated along with adult criminals. The said law institutes a comprehensive juvenile justice system that places children in conflict with the law under diversion programs instead of putting them behind bars.

Kiko was a student-activist during his college years. He was president of the UP Student Council and the first UP Board of Regent student-member with voting power. He earned his Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts in English at the University of the Philippines. He also taught law subjects at the Ateneo de Manila University for 7 years. In 1997, Kiko pursued his Masters in Public Administration at the Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

For almost a decade, Kiko was also a well-respected broadcast journalist. He is also a staunch human rights advocate. His crusade goes way back during the early years of his law profession when he worked as a collaborating lawyer with the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) and handled pro-bono cases and up to the time he joined the pool of top-notch broadcast journalists of the country.

Presently, Sen. Kiko is the Chairman of the Liberal Party-Philippines – the longest running political party in the country with over 58 years of history and tradition. He believes that strengthening the country’s “partyness” in government will usher the country along with all its political institutions towards a more competitive economy and further promote responsible and responsive lawmaking.

Despite his hectic schedule, Sen. Kiko still manages to take part in civic-oriented organizations, and continues to visit various project sites and touch base with his constituents. Kiko is passionate about strengthening the Filipino family, empowering the youth, revitalizing the judicial system, promoting respect for human rights and working for an accountable and responsive government. From student leader to senator, his vision of a new leadership has not wavered and he continues to encourage Filipinos to be active, to take a stand and participate, and to inspire them so that they too can lead and work towards a better Philippines.

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