Cambodian opposition leader
Sam Rainsy, MP and Philippine Senator Franklin Drilon will lead the launch of
International Parliamentary Committee for Democratic Elections in Cambodia
(IPCDEC) in Manila next week.
IPCDEC is a gathering of
like-minded parliamentarians all over the world united in expressing their
solidarity to promote full and inclusive democracy in Cambodia. Senator Drilon is the IPCDEC
In the IPCDEC launch, MP
Sam, who has been in exile in France for more than a year now, will speak on
the recent political developments in his country ahead of crucial parliamentary
elections in July 2013. Senator Drilon,
on the other hand, will discuss the role of international community in ensuring
that the said elections meet international standards and genuinely empower the
Cambodian people to make free and informed choices.
Senator Drilon previously
served as Chairperson of Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD), a
network of liberal and democratic political parties in Asia which MP Sam now
The IPCDEC launch will be
held on Monday, 10 September 2012. A press conference will follow the
Adviser for the Environment, Dr. Neric Acosta, who is also the CALD Secretary
General, will moderate the event.
The event is organized in
cooperation with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation Philippine Office.