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Noted Filipino Congressman, activist to speak at PCC
Photos and Story by James Hill
Filipinos for Good Governance and Oregon Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs are hosting a forum at 6 p.m., Friday March 1, in the auditorium, Portland Metro Workforce Training Center (5600 NE 42nd Ave.) with Philippine House Representative Walden Bello. He has championed human rights, participatory democracy, non-violent movement and people’s empowerment.
Philippine Congressman Walden Bello made his debut as a political activist during the Marcos dictatorship when he dedicated two decades to building an international movement to restore democracy in the Philippines. In 2003, Bello was awarded with the Right Livelihood Award, better known as the alternative Nobel Prize for outstanding efforts in educating civil society about the effects of corporate globalization and how alternatives can be implemented.
At present, Bello advances the people’s interests in the 15th Congress, as Representative of the Akbayan party. Their legislative agenda has deep resonance for communities in the United States, including issues such as protecting the security of workers’ tenure, providing social protections to small farmers and their families, socialized housing for informal settlers, and cutting back on trade liberalization. He has also been a fierce fighter for improving the human rights.