Vice President Leni Robredo, Liberal Party (LP) president, Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan will be visiting South Africa for four days, along with some LP lawmakers and former cabinet members. This is according to a letter sent to the Philippine Embassy in South Africa, dated March 20, 2017, shared at Sass Rogando Sasot Facebook page.
Based on the said letter, joining VP Robredo and Sen. Pangilinan in the South Africa visit are lawmakers, Rep. Arlene “Kaka” Bag-ao of Lone District of Dinagat Islands, Rep. Jorge “Bolet” Banal of 3rd District, Quezon City, and Rep. Jose Christopher “Kit” Belmonte of 6th District, Quezon City, along with Atty.Herminio “Third” Bagro III of Sen. Pangilinan’s office.
The Philippine delegation to South Africa also include former Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad, former Transport Secretary Joseph Emilio “Jun” Abaya and wife Dr. Ria Abesamis-Abaya, and former DILG Spokesperson Atty. Ariel Tanangonan. The schedule of visit will be from March 31 to April 4, 2017, and the group will board Qatar Airways flight QR163.
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The said letter came from the Friedrich-Naumann Foundation (FNF), a German foundation that was created to promote human rights, democracy, rule of law, and free market. The set of activities was not revealed, but in a post at FNF official website this Wednesday, the said visit is a study tour that aims to educate the Philippines on various social issues.
“The delegation will be attending a women leadership forum; a roundtable discussion on corruption, justice and crime; will visit different local social housing projects; and meet with South African government officials. These events will showcase various issues and initiatives that South Africa is undertaking.” A statement at www.fnf.org.ph reads.
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Credit: FNF via Sass Rogando Sasot Facebook
According to FNF, the said study tour will be hosted and sponsored by the foundation, and the the Philippine delegation will be attending series of conferences in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa, organized by the local regional office of the FNF. The attendees are being expected to learn fresh ideas that can be applied to the Philippines.