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Philippines Senator to launch Tibet Support Group

August 30, 2010

Tibetan Review
August 28, 2010

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago of the
Philippines has said she will set up a Tibet
Support Group in her country to promote the
Tibetan cause, according to a Senate Press
Release Aug 26. She is doing this in response to
an Oct 25 letter from Mr Lhakpa Tshoko,
Tokyo-based Representative of the Dalai Lama for Japan and East-Asia.

"As a longtime advocate for Tibet, I am honored
to accept this request. I am confident that the
Tibet Support Group (TSG) in the Philippines will
be of great help to the cause," the release quoted Santiago as saying.

Tshoko has said the TSG from the Philippines will
participate in the upcoming 6th International
Conference of Tibet Support Groups at Surajkund,
Haryana, India, from Nov 5 to 7, 2010.

Tshoko had met Santiago during the 5th World
Parliamentarian's Convention on Tibet held Nov’09 in Rome, Italy.

Many observers are said to believe that Santiago
did not get the China vote for her World Court
candidacy because she is identified as a Tibet
supporter. She had met the Dalai Lama in Rome last Nov 29.
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