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Mabuhay! Welcome! Democrats Abroad Philippines is the official country committee for American Democrats living in the Philippines.  Here you will find information about our upcoming events and about our Executive Committee.  Be sure to check this space often for our news and updates and contact us with any questions.

Democrats Abroad Philippines
da-ph@democratsabroad.org

DA Philippines Leadership:

Lisa Pagkalinawan
| Philippines Chair
Angelo Goode
| Philippines Vice-Chair and Database Manager
Kathleen Bergeron-Guido
| Philippines Treasurer
Elvie Ganchero
| Philippines Secretary
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  • News

    Thanksgiving 2019

    Photo shows (left to right) Democrats Abroad (DA) Philippines former Chair John Boyd, Member Jon Sachs, Chair Lisa Pagkalinawan, former DA Lion City (Singapore) Vice-Chair Bill Gelman, and Member David Kuchenbecker visiting American detainees on November 28, 2019 at the Bureau of Immigration Detention Center in Lower Bicutan, Taguig City.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    On Thanksgiving Day Thursday November 28, 2019 from 9am-12nn, DA Philippines visited the Philippine Bureau of Immigration Detention Center in Lower Bicutan, Taguig City.

    Every year for Thanksgiving, we endeavor to visit American detainees and if the Warden consents in advance, bring them supplies like food, reading materials and other necessities (Wardens often serve for just a year or so).

    We’ve continued to provide support for a few incarcerated Americans, with former Chair John B and Member David making regular visits with logistical support from Chair Lisa. Thanks David for your efforts to compile a list of detainees and offer assistance!

    This year Chair Lisa delivered a Thanksgiving dinner of turkey and mashed potatoes for the detainees thanks to everyone's donations, and former Chair John B brought apples, soap and small towels.

    Here’s a thank you letter from a previous detainee:

    Thank you for coming to visit us at Bicutan Detention Center. I was unjustly held there for two and half months and I am grateful for your visits. The washcloths that you provided me helped me to keep clean, which is a dauntingly difficult task when imprisoned. Most importantly, was the fact that you visited. It gave us hope knowing that there was somebody out there.

    Visit Democrats Abroad Philippines homepage, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

    Democrats Abroad is the official organization of the Democratic Party for US citizens living permanently or temporarily abroad. The organization is given state-level recognition by the Democratic National Committee (DNC), with eight positions on the DNC, and sends a voting delegation to the Democratic National Convention to select our presidential candidate.

    Press contact: email Democrats Abroad Philippines da-ph@democratsabroad.org

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    Progressive Drinking November 20, 2019

    Photo shows Democrats Abroad (DA) Philippines Makati Ward Omar Tiwana, Events Committee Member Bing Gelman, and former DA Lion City (Singapore) Vice-Chair Bill Gelman, with other Democrats, progressive drinking on November 20, 2019 at La Petite Parisienne, Makati City.

    DA Philippines held our second "Progressive Drinking" event on Wednesday November 20, 2019 from 5-7pm at La Petite Parisienne, LPL Center, 130 Leviste St, Salcedo Village, Makati City.

    We got to know Democrats in the area better toward developing specific activities or initiatives based on the felt needs of our members.

    Hopefully many more of these get-togethers to follow!

    Visit Democrats Abroad Philippines homepage, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

    Democrats Abroad is the official organization of the Democratic Party for US citizens living permanently or temporarily abroad. The organization is given state-level recognition by the Democratic National Committee (DNC), with eight positions on the DNC, and sends a voting delegation to the Democratic National Convention to select our presidential candidate.

    Press contact: email Democrats Abroad Philippines da-ph@democratsabroad.org

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    Upcoming Events

    Saturday, March 07, 2020 at 02:00 PM
    Profiles Asia Pacific Inc in Pasig City, Philippines

    Global Presidential Primary 2020

    We have our Global Presidential Primary (GPP) Voting Center on Saturday March 7, 2020 from 2-5pm at Profiles Asia Pacific Inc, One Magnificent Mile-CITRA Building, 39 San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City--thanks Member Jocelyn Pick for hosting, including in previous years.

    This year, Democrats in every state and territory, as well as Democrats Abroad (DA), have the opportunity to participate in primary elections or caucuses (Democrats Abroad holds a primary--as an official "state" party recognized by the Democratic national party or Democratic Party known as the Democratic National Committee or DNC, we have DNC state-level recognition to represent the nine million civilian and military US citizens living abroad, and as such deliver presidential primary votes like a state does), to help decide who becomes the Democratic Party's nominee for US president. The winner of this nomination then takes on Donald Trump in the general elections in November 2020.

    Voters may only vote once for a presidential candidate: either through Democrats Abroad, or through their home state. Those who vote in DA's GPP may still participate in their home state's primary or caucus for all other candidates (for example, for the US Senate or House of Representatives), but they cannot vote twice for a presidential candidate.

    Why vote in DA's GPP versus your state's presidential primary? Because your presidential primary vote for the Democratic Party's nominee for US president could be more powerful coming from DA's GPP compared to your state's presidential primary. For instance, if you vote in California, your presidential primary vote in DA's GPP is some four times more powerful than if you vote in California's state presidential primary because there are lots of Democratic voters in California.

    And with nine million US citizens living overseas (and about seven million eligible to vote), citizens living abroad make up a larger population than all but 11 US states. Since the 2016 presidential election was decided by less than 80,000 votes, there is a very real possibility the overseas vote could decide the 2020 US presidential election. No matter how long a citizen has lived abroad, they still have a right to vote in national elections. However, many do not. The most common factor for why US citizens abroad don’t vote is that they have limited opportunities to learn about their right to vote and the requirements for casting their ballot. Simply by learning they can vote makes a US citizen living abroad dramatically more likely to do so.

    This is the most important presidential primary election in a generation, and GPP is the opportunity Democrats living overseas have to impact this important decision. More info here.

    Democrats Abroad (DA) is the official Democratic Party arm for nine million US citizens--civilian and military--living outside the United States. Our goals are to mobilize the overseas vote to elect Democratic candidates and help Americans abroad amplify issues that matter to them. We are best equipped than any organization to help overseas Americans engage in the US political process because the Democratic national party or Democratic Party known as the Democratic National Committee (DNC) recognizes us as an official "state" party. With DNC state-level recognition, we: (1) hold an official Democratic presidential primary, (2) help select the Democratic presidential candidate by also sending a voting delegation to the Democratic National Convention to represent DA Primary Voters and help decide the national party’s nominee for president, (3) represent US citizens abroad at all DNC meetings because we elect eight DA Members to hold eight positions on the Democratic National Committee to represent us, and (4) are the only official US political party of American citizens abroad because the Republican Party does not have an equivalent organization of this status. We work to reach as many US citizens as possible, in as many ways as possible, to ensure they have opportunities to stay engaged in the US political process and presidential election. In the 2018 midterm elections, Democrats Abroad helped grow the civilian overseas vote by 322% over the 2014 midterms. This year, we expect to help more than one million voters vote overseas, and win Democratic elections back home.

    Visit Democrats Abroad Philippines homepage, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

    Press contact: email Democrats Abroad Philippines da-ph@democratsabroad.org

    Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 03:30 PM
    Elks Club in Makati City, Philippines

    General Meeting March 28, 2020

    You are invited to our next general meeting on Saturday March 28, 2020 from 3:30-5:30pm at the Elks Club, 7th Floor Corinthian Plaza Building, Paseo de Roxas corner Legaspi Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City.

    If you would like to attend the meeting but cannot get to Makati, we would be happy to have you join by Skype if you have a strong internet connection.

    Minutes from Annual General Meeting January 18, 2020 to follow here, for you to please review and approve at the meeting.

    Please RSVP by emailing da-ph@democratsabroad.org.

    Democrats Abroad (DA) is the official Democratic Party arm for nine million US citizens--civilian and military--living outside the United States. Our goals are to mobilize the overseas vote to elect Democratic candidates and help Americans abroad amplify issues that matter to them. We are best equipped than any organization to help overseas Americans engage in the US political process because the Democratic national party or Democratic Party known as the Democratic National Committee (DNC) recognizes us as an official "state" party. With DNC state-level recognition, we: (1) hold an official Democratic presidential primary, (2) help select the Democratic presidential candidate by also sending a voting delegation to the Democratic National Convention to represent DA Primary Voters and help decide the national party’s nominee for president, (3) represent US citizens abroad at all DNC meetings because we elect eight DA Members to hold eight positions on the Democratic National Committee to represent us, and (4) are the only official US political party of American citizens abroad because the Republican Party does not have an equivalent organization of this status. We work to reach as many US citizens as possible, in as many ways as possible, to ensure they have opportunities to stay engaged in the US political process and presidential election. In the 2018 midterm elections, Democrats Abroad helped grow the civilian overseas vote by 322% over the 2014 midterms. This year, we expect to help more than one million voters vote overseas, and win Democratic elections back home.

    Visit Democrats Abroad Philippines homepage, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

    Press contact: email Democrats Abroad Philippines da-ph@democratsabroad.org