NEW YORK (June 7) — Senator Manny Villar will discuss the current political climate in the lead up to the 2010 Presidential elections during a program presented by the Asia Society on Tuesday, June 9 at 8 a.m.
The Philippines has had strong economic performance in recent years but the political system continues to be marked by corruption, attempted coups and the powerful influence of patronage at the local level. The 2010 presidential elections will be a major event in Asia as the Arroyo government comes under term limits.
Villar has over 15 years of experience in the Philippine electoral politics as a member of the House of Representatives in the 1990s and in the Senate beginning in 2001. He will speak on the need for reform and how the future President should face such challenges.
The event will also be made available online via live Webcast. Internet participants will be able to ask questions offer comments via email during the Webcast. Asia Society has requested that questions be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.