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Ambassador Leslie Baja speaks before the members of the El Shaddai-Zürich Chapter
the latter’s 11th anniversary celebration held on 19 February 2012.

Ambassador Baja addresses the 11th anniversary
celebration of El Shaddai-Zurich Chapter

Ambassador Leslie J. Baja was invited to address the 11th anniversary celebration of the El Shaddai-Zurich Chapter on 19 February 2012.

In his speech, the Ambassador congratulated the congregation on their continued success and contribution to the Filipino community in Switzerland. He encouraged their active engagement in community activities particularly the forthcoming celebration of the 114th anniversary of Philippine independence, which will be coordinated by the Filipino Bern Network, and in Embassy activities such as the Overseas Absentee Voting registration.

Speaking before the congregation, Ambassador Baja said, “Your anniversary comes on the heels of the celebration of the 26th anniversary of the EDSA Revolution, the day when Filipinos from all walks of life came together to help restore democracy in the country. I call on you as a migrant community to do your share in helping maintain the vibrancy of democracy in our country by participating in the overseas absentee voting.

“The passage of the Overseas Absentee Voting Act in 2003 was a victory for overseas Filipinos, as this has given Filipinos across the globe the opportunity to exercise their right of suffrage and participate in the decision-making process in the country. 

I, therefore, encourage everyone to exercise their right to vote by registering as overseas absentee voter for the next Philippine elections.”

The celebration, which was a whole-day affair, kicked off with a celebration mass followed by a luncheon, and a programme in the afternoon.

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