President Aquino receives Freedom Medal in Germany
MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno S. Aquino III was awarded the Friedrich-Naumann-Freedom-medal in Berlin on Saturday, September 20.
Aquino received the medal for his successful reforms in the areas of education, anti-corruption, and rule of law. "His presidency is a clear indication of the endeavor for change and freedom by the liberal forces in the Philippines," said Dr. Wolfgang Gerhardt, Chairman of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF).
FNF is a German foundation working for good governance, human rights and market economy, with more than 60 projects across the globe. It has worked together with liberal partners in the Philippines since 1986.
The medal is awarded to outstanding personalities who engage themselves for more democracy, human rights, and market economy in partnership with the Foundation. In the past the medal was awarded, amongst others, to Bulgarian Prime Minister Simeon Saxe-Coburg Gotha, Western Cape Prime Minister Helen Zille and Liberal International President Hans van Baalen.
“This prestigious medal is recognition from Germany and Europe of the tremendous progress that the Philippines made since 2010 in fighting corruption and promoting good governance. This also made the country more attractive for foreign investments and promoted economic growth,” Jules Maaten, FNF Philippines Country Director, said. – Rappler.com/Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom