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Santiago accepts request of Dalai Lama's rep

August 30, 2010

By Rolly T. Carandang
August 28, 2010

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago accepted the
request of the regional representative of the
Dalai Lama to spearhead Tibet Support Group (TSG) activities in the country.

Lhakpa Tshoko, Representative of the Dalai Lama
for Japan and East-Asia, wrote a letter to
Santiago dated August 25, 2010 seeking her active
involvement in forming and heading TSG initiatives in the country.

"As a longtime advocate for Tibet, I am honored
to accept this request. I am confident that the
Tibet Support Group in the Philippines will be of
great help to the cause," Santiago said.

Tshoko said that the TSG from the Philippines
will participate in the upcoming 6th
International Conference of Tibet Support Groups
at Surajkund, Haryana, India from November 5 to
7, 2010. The conference will be headed by the
Indian TSG, and will be facilitated by the
Department of Information and International
Relations, Central Tibetan Administration, Dharamsala, India.

Santiago also said that she will launch an online
campaign to find participants for the TSG who will attend the conference.

Tshoko met Santiago during the 5th World
Parliamentarian’s Convention on Tibet last
November in Rome, Italy. In his letter, Tshoko
recalled Santiago suggesting the idea of
organizing a study group in Manila where he could
give a talk on Tibet and the Tibetan situation.

With advocates from different countries, Tibet
Support Groups espouse the Tibetan people in
their struggle for autonomy and religious freedom
within the People’s Republic of China.
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