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LDP Chairman's Report

LDP Chairman's Report

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Report of the Chairman
Laban ng Demokratikong PilipinoNational Executive Council Meeting17 August 2012 | 10am | Manila Hotel
Senator Edgardo J. Angara
It is with great honor that I welcome the members andofficers of LDP to our National Executive Meeting. I am humbledby your continued confidence in me as chairman, and unstintingloyalty to our party.We are coming together at a highly politically charged time.We have removed a Chief Justice from office throughimpeachment and arrested a former President on charges ofelectoral sabotage. We are nine months away from a midtermelection that many see will be a major referendum on thePresident’s leadership.The Filipino public is smarter, more informed because of theaccessibility of massive amounts of information in bothtraditional and social media. Hence, the electorate is morediscerning. They will not be deceived easily with pomp, glamour,and half-baked truths.
 I see the politics of patronage and popularity disappearingwithin this generation, and the new hegemony of reform andideals rising.This is both a boon and a challenge to political leaders andparties. It is an opportunity to rise above the perceptions of beingtraditional politicians and transform the sociopoliticallandscape—but only if we are willing to ride the waves of change.The LDP is, in fact, ready and willing. We have been in theforefront of the fight for change since the beginning. Change isour roots, democracy our foundation. Our party’s history bearsthis out.All of us here are the torchbearers of that legacy. We havewithstood the ebb and flow of political change over the last fourdecades, and continue to be a strong force at the grassroots.A total of 139 LDP members were elected during the 2010national elections. More than 70 percent of them were localcouncilors. We also successfully fielded candidates for vice
mayor, mayor, board member, vice governor, governor, andrepresentative.We may not be the biggest and most dominant party—butthis is no reason to lose heart. Our continued success only meansthat our connection with our constituents is strong and enduring,based on a solid track record of service, not on fads. And we areat a lower risk of suffering fair-weathered friends because ourmembers stick with the party based on shared principles andvalues.
Legislative performance
LDP stands for democracy and development. We have given justice to these core values through the pieces of legislation wehave pushed for and passed during the 14
Congress.The LDP laid the groundwork for sustainable economicgrowth through banking and financial markets reform thatenabled our country to weather the financial crisis that continueto grip the United States and the Eurozone. We revised the

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