Two Filipinos win alternative Nobel Prize

Two Filipinos were honored with the 2003 Right Livelihood Awards, often referred to as the "Alternative Nobel Prizes," for their contribution in disarmament, justice, partnership and environmental sustainability.

In a statement released by the awards committee, Walden Bello and Nicanor Perlas were honored “for their outstanding efforts in educating civil society about the effects of corporate globalization, and how alternatives to it can be implemented.”

"[Bello and Perlas] play crucial and complementary roles in developing the theoretical and practical bases for a world order that benefits all people."

Founded in 1980, the Right Livelihood Awards are presented annually in the Swedish Parliament. They were introduced "to honor and support those offering practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges facing us today".

Bello is one of the leading critics of the current model of economic globalization, combining the roles of intellectual and activist. As a human rights and peace campaigner, academic, environmentalist and journalist, and through a combination of courage as a dissident, with an extraordinary breadth of published output and personal charisma, he has made a major contribution to the international case against corporate-driven globalization.

His recent work has been criticizing the financial subjugation of developing countries and promoting alternative models of development that would make countries less dependent on foreign capital.

Perlas was born in 1950, and graduated with highest honors in agriculture from Xavier University. He gave up his master’s degree after being drawn into the struggle against the Marcos-promoted Bataan nuclear plant in 1978 and had to leave the Philippines after organizing a conference to expose its dangers.

After the fall of Marcos, Perlas was able to return to the Philippines, founding the Center for Alternative Development Initiatives.

He became a consultant to the Aquino Government on the troubled nuclear power plant, and contributed to the decision to mothball it, despite it being very near completion, and having cost $2.1 billion.


Bron : ABS-CBN

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