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    Ex-Poland president Lech Walesa arrives in PH for series of talks on democracy

     

    Ex-Poland president Lech Walesa arrives in PH for series of talks on democracy
    By: Eric B. Apolonio November 24, 2012 5:50 PM


    MANILA, Philippines - Lech Walesa, former president of Poland and 1983 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, arrived Saturday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 in Pasay City on board Qatar Airlines from Poland via Doha, Qatar.

     

    Walesa, who was welcomed at the NAIA by Poland ambassador to the Philippines Adam Jelonek, came to the Philippines upon the invitation of President Benigno Aquino III for a series of talks on the various aspects of democracy in different institutions in the country.


    Walesa will be the closing keynote speaker at the 9th Media Nation Summit in Tagaytay City on Sunday. He will also address the Asian Institute of Management’s “Development at Work” Series.


    He is also scheduled to talk at the Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University and receive an honorary degree from the University of Sto. Tomas.


    Walesa will likewise be the guest speaker of the Rotary Club of Manila. He is expected to talk about globalization, democracy, and solidarity before the Rotarians.

     

    Walesa, 69, a Catholic, has earlier expressed his admiration for the People Power uprising in the Philippines and for its leader, former President Cory Aquino, mother of the current chief executive.

     

    Since the end of his presidency, Walesa, a trade-union organizer and human-rights activist, has lectured on Central European history and politics in various universities and organizations.


    In 1996, he founded the Lech Walesa Institute, a think tank whose mission is to support democracy and local governments in Poland and throughout the world.

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