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SDP Assistant Secretary-General John Tan will represent the party at the inauguration of Philippines’ President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino. Mr Aquino of the Liberal Party (LP) won the presidential elections held last month and will be sworn in this Wednesday.
The SDP has been invited to the swearing-in ceremony of Mr Aquino as part of the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD) of which the party and LP are member parties.
The SDP delegation will also attend the inauguration ball scheduled to take place on Wednesday evening.
Mr Aquino is the son of Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino and Corazon Aquino. Ninoy Aquino was assassinated in 1983 when he returned from exile in the US. His murder resulted in an outpouring of grief. His wife Cory Aquino took up the mantle and challenged Ferdinand Marcos in the ensuing presidential elections.
When Marcos lost but refused to relinquish power, a popular revolt took place which saw the dictator evicted from Malacanang Palace.
Mr John Tan is currently participating in a conference entitled “Asian Liberal Parties in Power: Getting There, Remaining There” (see photo above). He is accompanied by Young Democrat Muhd Khalis. President-elect Nonynoy Aquino will deliver the keynote address today.
Following the swearing-in ceremony, the SDP assistant secretary-general will travel to Krakow, Poland to attend the Community of Democracies High Level Meeting from 2-4 Jul 10. Mr Tan will represent Dr Chee Soon Juan at the event.
Dr Chee was prohibited from attending the conference when the Official Assignee rejected his travel application because of his bankruptcy status. He is a member of the International Steering Committee, the governing body of a group set up to engage the Community of Democracies during the ministerial meetings.
The Community of Democracies is an international organisation of democratic countries which meets biennially to explore ways of promoting democracy worldwide. Singapore government has not been invited to any of the meetings.