‘PH a bright spot in otherwise turbulent Asia’


Former Philippine Congress Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr. is the founder of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (Icapp).. INQUIRER file photo

BAKU, Azerbaijan—Conflicts and poverty continue to stalk Asia—the largest and most populous continent—but Asian political parties remain hopeful of the future, with the Philippines and Burma (Myanmar) providing some of the bright spots.

At the close of the 7th General Assembly of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (Icapp) in this picturesque city by the Caspian Sea, some 60 political parties from 52 Asian nations acknowledged the slow grind of peace and reconciliation in parts of the region.

They pledged to work for peace and development under the principle of “interfaith harmony and political pluralism,” said the Baku Declaration adopted by the plenary on Friday.

The assembly resolved to institutionalize the Asian Peace and Reconciliation Council (APRC) pushed by former Philippine Congress Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr., Icapp founder and cochairman of its standing committee.

The APRC was created in Bangkok last year to assist and advise governments in resolving conflicts in the region.

Icapp also pledged to establish an Asian antipoverty and microfinancing fund.

The Baku Declaration, read by Pakistani Sen. Mushahid Hussain Sayed, seeks to enlarge “the objective area of the proposed fund into a Global Antipoverty Fund following consultations with our intraregional political partners in Latin America and the Caribbean…and with political parties in Africa.”

Grounds for optimism

The declaration noted the “positive signals emanating from one of the most turbulent regions in Asia which has seen recurring violence.”

Icapp welcomed the 18th Congress of the Communist Party of China last week, which led to “the political transition to a fifth-generation leadership that reflects success in building a peaceful, prosperous and stable society.”

PH applauded

Turning to the Philippines, Icapp applauded the signing on Oct. 15 of a framework agreement that should end the Moro rebellion in Mindanao. It recognized Burma’s political reforms as well.

“Peace and reconciliation as laudable goals of successful state policy are evident in the historic signing of the framework peace accord in the Philippines, thanks to the leadership of President Benigno Aquino III, leading to a final settlement of a decades-long conflict between the central authority in Manila and the Muslim fighters in the south,” it said.

“And this spirit is reflected also in the historic change in Myanmar (Burma) with an opening up to the outside world,” it added.

The assembly also supported the position of the Philippines and Vietnam to resolve territorial disputes in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) “based on the accepted principles of international law and the UN Charter, rather than resorting to the threat or use of force. Political differences in such territorial disputes must not become impediments to normal economic and cultural interaction, based on mutual benefit.”

318 members

From its founding in Manila 12 years ago, Icapp now counts as members 318 parties, both ruling and in the opposition, in 52 Asian countries.

“Icapp today embodies the Asian spirit of resilience evident in the dynamism and can-do vibrance of our societies, surmounting crises and overcoming economic difficulties with creativity and innovation,” read the four-page declaration.

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  • tgtercero

    The Philippines was held back by the Marcos regime……and what do we have to show for it? A severely arrested economic growth and untold, well hidden ill-gotten wealth purloined by the Marcoses!!!!!!

    • peach black

      talagang purloined? 

  • kanoy

    Philippines??? huh?? good economy?? huh?? PHILHEALTH=doubled MORELCO=highest in Asia  maybe the world quadrupled between 2006-2012 FOOD=tripled same time period WAGES=P0 COA in 7 years ridiculous to claim a good economy when everything goes up except wages

    • Jezzrel

      Kung di minoth balled ng yumaong Pres. Cory ang BNPP, s tingin mo ang koryente natin ay highest pa rin sa ASIA???? Kung nag operate iyan, malamang isa tayo sa pinakamura ng kuryente sa SEA, o kaya sa buong ASIA… 

      • kanoy

         Cory?? huh?? hello its 2012….Cory has been out of office 20 years and dead for 3 of them…i don’t think there is anything she can do for our stale economy


    >>>‘PH a bright spot in otherwise turbulent Asia’<<<

    MATAGAL ng BRIGHT SPOT ang PH sa Asia…in fact, it was once the PEARL of the ORIENT of Asia na naging BURAK of Asia dahil sa pangbababoy at panggagahasa ng mga pulitekero at pilitekerong mga MMM sa kaban ni Juan na parating nasasalok ng mga TNL na mga nahirang at naturingang mga pinuno ng bayan.  Isa na dyan na yang si DeVe.  Maraming mga nagmulang wala ng nagsimulang mamulitiko, at nang magtapos, mga super milyonaryo.  May isa pa dyang POOR MAN of LUBAO pa daw, tapos nang magretiro, a FORBES PARK nagburo.  At, di nga kasi, yong naburong galing kay Juan, napalago ng maraming-maraming-maraming-maraming BILYONES ng sumunod na sibol na sumalok ng walang-hanggan sa kaban ni Juan na sa pangkasalukuyan ay nagpapagaling sa ospital ng bayan.  Ngayon at medyo natitiklo na ang mga TNL na mga MMM, malaki ang pag-asa na makaka-ahon at makakabalik ang PH sa dati nitong kinalulklukan.

  • Ronald Diaz

    Joe De Venecia — ang sarap naman pakinggan yan opinyon mo. Di ba isa ka rin naman sa mga pulitikong bumababoy sa ating inang bayan. Ang sarap sana kung lahat ng pilipino ay hindi lugmok sa hirap kung tutuusin halos lahat ng likas na yaman sa mundo ay matatagpuan sa ating bansa pero anung ginawa nyo?? kayo na nasa pwesto noon na para tulungan ang iba nating kababayan na nangangailangan ng tulong dhil sa kapus at lugmok sa kahirapan — wla man lang kayong ginawa sa halip kinamkam nyo ang lahat nang yaman at inuna ang pang-sariling interes.

    Isa ka rin inut?l na bumababoy sa ating bansa..

    • Luiting

      Gandang araw kabayan. Medyo nasobrahan ang galit mo Kay Mr. De Venecia. Pero wala naman siyang opinyon sa artikulo.. binigyan lang siya ng kredito sa pagiging founder ng Icapp. Ganunpaman naniniwala ako sa argument mo. OKs.

  • Edgardo Mendoza


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  • Ben

    “Grounds for optimism
    The declaration noted the “positive signals emanating from one of the most turbulent regions in Asia which has seen recurring violence.”
    Icapp welcomed the 18th Congress of the Communist Party of China last week, which led to “the political transition to a fifth-generation leadership that reflects success in building a peaceful, prosperous and stable society.”

    Grounds for REALISM, China says one thing, but do something creepy to her adavantage otherwise. She is unstable, secretive and realistically still building up its defense posture to take on even the combined US, Japan (Although China is not yet at the level of Japan strength, with its capability to build 7500 nuke weapons in its current plutonium stockpile stored in UK) and other regional powers in ASIA. We must develop the reed bank now, build up our defenses and empower the economy to push forward to a new limit of 8% or above GNP to pull more people out of poverty and increase the Philippines to support its own defense.

  • Raul

    Don’t believe him. May utang ka pa kay unyok Velasco.

  • samuel

    Philippine Political Parties, No solid national vision it is all for self vision. 

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