Ateneo Human Rights Center rolls out a talk on “Post-Truth Politics”

October 23, 2017

Former Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva speaks about liberal democracy

Former Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva speaks about liberal democracy 

“Are you liberals? Or are you democrats?” - these were the introductory words of His Excellency Abhisit Vejjajiva, Former Prime Minister of Thailand who graced the audience at Justitia Room of the Ateneo Law School in Rockwell, Makati held last October 18, 2017.

Dean Sedfrey Candelaria of Ateneo Law School warmly welcomes the audience

Dean Sedfrey Candelaria of Ateneo Law School warmly welcomes the audience

Close to a hundred law practitioners, faculty and law students from Ateneo Law School, Miriam College, Far Eastern University, De La Salle University, and College of Saint Benilde among others, gathered to strengthen their knowledge in liberal democracy.

Open forum heats up with Prof. Katrina C. Monsod of Ateneo Law School, HE Adbhisit Vejjajiva and Dean Melencio S. Sta.Maria, Jr. of FEU Institute of Law
Open forum heats up with Prof. Katrina C. Monsod of Ateneo Law School, H.E. Adbhisit Vejjajiva and Dean Melencio S. Sta.Maria, Jr. of FEU Institute of Law
 
Vejjajiva was joined by Melencio S. Sta. Maria, Jr., Dean of FEU Institute of Law and Katrina C. Monsod, Professor at the Ateneo Law School.
 

He stressed the importance of a country’s democracy by reminding the audience that politicians should embody the concept of protecting an individual’s freedom as a social commitment.

Guest speaker's session during the post-truth politics conference
Guest speaker's session during the post-truth politics conference
 

“These are the people who are now explicitly denying the basic and fundamental principles of liberal democracy, and they are willing to say that in public and they are successful in getting public support.”

 

Vejjajiva added that one of the dilemmas of the politicians today is setting aside the real principles of liberal democracy.

“When liberal democracy began to dominate, politics become less about ideologies and principles. More and more political competition began to be about who is better at managing, and by managing means delivering results to the people, to the electorate, who could deliver faster. And so we forget about the means, the process which are pretty much the key to the principles of liberal democracy, we just look at the results, the ends and we came to throw some of these principles away.”

Open forum kicks in with Prof. Katrina C. Monsod of Ateneo Law School, HE Adbhisit Vejjajiva and Dean Melencio S. Sta.Maria, Jr. of FEU Institute of Law

Open forum kicks off with Prof. Katrina C. Monsod of Ateneo Law School, H.E. Adbhisit Vejjajiva and Dean Melencio S. Sta.Maria, Jr. of FEU Institute of Law
 

The gathering was organized by Ateneo Human Rights Center in partnership with Freiheit.org and Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD) based in Thailand. CALD is a dynamic forum of political parties, organizations and individuals in Asia that protects and promotes liberal democratic institutions, processes and values. Through its regular conferences, workshops, missions and publications, CALD aims to address the most important developments impinging on the development of democracy and the exercise of freedom in the region, towards the realization of more developed and democratic Asia.

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  • “Are you liberals? Or are you democrats?” - these were the introductory words of His Excellency Abhisit Vejjajiva, Former Prime Minister of Thailand who graced the audience at Justicia Conference Hall of the Ateneo Law School in Rockwell, Makati held last October 18, 2017.  Close to a hundred law practitioners, faculty and law students from Ateneo Law School, Miriam College, Far Eastern University, De La Salle University, and College of Saint Benilde among others, gathered to strengthen their knowledge in l
    Ateneo Human Rights Center rolls out a talk on “Post-Truth Politics”
    Monday, October 23, 2017

    Former Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva speaks about liberal democracy

    Former Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva speaks about liberal democracy 

    “Are you liberals? Or are you democrats?” - these were the introductory words of His Excellency Abhisit Vejjajiva, Former Prime Minister of Thailand who graced the audience at Justitia Room of the Ateneo Law School in Rockwell, Makati held last October 18, 2017.

    Dean Sedfrey Candelaria of Ateneo Law School warmly welcomes the audience

    Dean Sedfrey Candelaria of Ateneo Law School warmly welcomes the audience

    Close to a hundred law practitioners, faculty and law students from Ateneo Law School, Miriam College, Far Eastern University, De La Salle University, and College of Saint Benilde among others, gathered to strengthen their knowledge in liberal democracy.

    Open forum heats up with Prof. Katrina C. Monsod of Ateneo Law School, HE Adbhisit Vejjajiva and Dean Melencio S. Sta.Maria, Jr. of FEU Institute of Law
    Open forum heats up with Prof. Katrina C. Monsod of Ateneo Law School, H.E. Adbhisit Vejjajiva and Dean Melencio S. Sta.Maria, Jr. of FEU Institute of Law
     
    Vejjajiva was joined by Melencio S. Sta. Maria, Jr., Dean of FEU Institute of Law and Katrina C. Monsod, Professor at the Ateneo Law School.
     

    He stressed the importance of a country’s democracy by reminding the audience that politicians should embody the concept of protecting an individual’s freedom as a social commitment.

    Guest speaker's session during the post-truth politics conference
    Guest speaker's session during the post-truth politics conference
     

    “These are the people who are now explicitly denying the basic and fundamental principles of liberal democracy, and they are willing to say that in public and they are successful in getting public support.”

     

    Vejjajiva added that one of the dilemmas of the politicians today is setting aside the real principles of liberal democracy.

    “When liberal democracy began to dominate, politics become less about ideologies and principles. More and more political competition began to be about who is better at managing, and by managing means delivering results to the people, to the electorate, who could deliver faster. And so we forget about the means, the process which are pretty much the key to the principles of liberal democracy, we just look at the results, the ends and we came to throw some of these principles away.”

    Open forum kicks in with Prof. Katrina C. Monsod of Ateneo Law School, HE Adbhisit Vejjajiva and Dean Melencio S. Sta.Maria, Jr. of FEU Institute of Law

    Open forum kicks off with Prof. Katrina C. Monsod of Ateneo Law School, H.E. Adbhisit Vejjajiva and Dean Melencio S. Sta.Maria, Jr. of FEU Institute of Law
     

    The gathering was organized by Ateneo Human Rights Center in partnership with Freiheit.org and Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD) based in Thailand. CALD is a dynamic forum of political parties, organizations and individuals in Asia that protects and promotes liberal democratic institutions, processes and values. Through its regular conferences, workshops, missions and publications, CALD aims to address the most important developments impinging on the development of democracy and the exercise of freedom in the region, towards the realization of more developed and democratic Asia.