Berne PE flag ceremony at the Sentro Rizal followed by the showing of Ninoy Aquino documentary films
Philippine-Swiss cooperation in Illicit Assets Recovery highlights
Philippine Embassy Berne commemoration of EDSA revolution
commemoration of the 27th-year anniversary of the EDSA Revolution
today, Philippine Embassy personnel held a flag ceremony at the Sentro
Rizal located in the Embassy Chancery.
The flag ceremony
was followed by the showing of the films, “Ninoy: Heart and Soul” and
“Puso at Diwa ni Ninoy” at its Consular Reception area. Personnel of
the Embassy together with Consular clients watched the films together.
In his remarks,
Ambassador Leslie Baja noted that the 27th anniversary of the EDSA
revolution is extra significant for Philippine-Swiss relations as
President Aquino, on the same day, signed the Human Rights Reparation
and Recognition Act of 2013. It will be recalled that Switzerland
transferred the amount of USD 684 million to the Philippines with the
agreement that a portion of that amount totalling PHP10 billion will be
set aside for the victims of human rights under the Marcos
regime. The bill was presented in several congresses since 2004
but only managed to be passed during the Aquino administration.
among the first countries to recognize the administration of the late
President Corazon Aquino and immediately froze the suspected illicit
assets of former President Marcos and his associates.
In recognition of
the strong cooperation between the Philippines and Switzerland in the
recovery of illicit assets, Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario and
Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter jointly authored an editorial
detailing the cooperation of the two countries in this area. The
editorial appeared in both Philippine and Swiss newspapers.