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Alessandro Bertoldi, ang kanyang trabaho at pangako para sa pagtataguyod ng kapayapaan at kalayaan

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Sa kabila ng kanyang murang edad, si Alessandro Bertoldi ay isang kilalang consultant sa Italya. Ang kanyang mga serbisyo ay hinahangad ng mga pulitiko, negosyante, at mga internasyonal na organisasyon. Bilang tagapagtatag ng grupong pangkomunikasyon at lobbying AB Group, presidente ng Milton Friedman Institute, at pinuno ng Alliance for Israel, sinimulan niya ang kanyang karera kasama si Silvio Berlusconi. Sa panayam na ito, unang inilathala sa French magazine na ENTREVUE, nagbabahagi siya ng mga pananaw sa kanyang karera at nag-aalok ng isang sulyap sa kanyang pananaw sa mundo.

Nagsimula ang iyong pampulitikang paglalakbay sa murang edad, kasama si Silvio Berlusconi. Ano ang nagustuhan mo sa kanya?

ALESSANDRO BERTOLDI:

My generation was born witnessing Silvio Berlusconi’s constant presence in Italian public life. He started as an entrepreneur, publisher, and founder of the most important Italian television group. Later, he transitioned to a career in politics, becoming the Prime Minister with the longest tenure in our republican history.

Ang pagnanasa ko sa kanya ay mas nag-ugat sa kanyang kakaibang personalidad kaysa sa kanyang pulitika.

While Berlusconi was arguably Italy’s greatest businessman, he also faced heavy criticism at times..

Oo, nahaharap siya ng makabuluhang batikos para sa kanyang kakaibang personalidad. Tulad ng lahat ng mahuhusay na pigura, napakahusay niya sa maraming katangian ngunit mayroon ding ilang markadong kapintasan.

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Kumusta ang una mong pagkikita sa kanya?

“Fortunately, I met him through my friend Senator Michaela Biancofiore, who was close to him and eager to introduce us. At the time, I was already the leader of the centre-right students. One weekend in the winter of 2012, she took me to Arcore, in front of the front doors of her famous villa. I was speechless. The president greeted us with a broad smile. He showed me around his house and when we got to the dining room, Berlusconi said to me: “You see Alessandro, this is the famous ‘Bunga bunga!’ room, and he laughed. At the time, he had just been accused of having many parties with escort girls in his house, but as he told me, this accusation turned out to be defamatory and these parties were nothing more than dinners in which people sang and danced. In the years since, I attended several fun dinners, where nothing unusual ever happened. Before leaving, the photographer took a picture of us, and the president wanted to leave me in a big hug. A few months later, this photo was published in all the Italian newspapers, and at the age of 18, I became, by his decision, the youngest political leader in the history of Italy. Berlusconi has honoured me with his trust on several occasions, he has been welcoming, and affectionate and I will never forget that day. His good manners, intelligence, vision, elegance and generosity to others were extraordinary qualities, hard to find in such a rich and powerful man.

Paano mo naranasan ang kanyang pagpanaw?

I had a very tough time. He had become a point of reference for everyone, a father figure for the country. I’m not ashamed to say it, I cried that day and felt a great emptiness. At his funeral, I felt the love that the Italian people had for him, the great legacy that this man left to the country, and I felt more at peace.

Sa Milton Friedman Institute, nakikipaglaban ka para sa mga indibidwal at kalayaan sa ekonomiya ngayon. Ano ang iyong mga layunin?

The Friedman Institute, which I co-founded, is a source of great pride for me. We are present in more than 30 countries around the world, and we fight for common values: economic and individual freedoms. From the defence of Israel’s right to exist to the defence of Ukraine’s sovereignty to the fight for the rights of the Iranian people, those of women, without forgetting, in the West, the battle against the excessive taxation that afflicts our companies. We also defend the fundamental protection of civil rights. Our goal is to become the largest Liberal “house” in the world.

Ikaw ay nakikibahagi sa diyalogo para sa kapayapaan sa Russia, Ukraine at sa Gitnang Silangan sa loob ng sampung taon. Ano sa palagay mo ang kasalukuyang sitwasyon?

Without freedom, there can be no human development in societies. Since 2014, we’ve been committed to resolving the Russia-Ukraine conflict. In that year, I proposed the South Tyrolean autonomy model as a solution, which reached the negotiating table in Minsk. Despite initial optimism, it did not materialize. In the Middle East, we have always paid particular attention to dialogue. The battle for the survival of the State of Israel, which was fundamental to us, must be waged in accordance with the two-state solution. We Italians, anticipated the Abrahamic pacts, promoting dialogue between the Arab countries and Israel. But now that there are no more leaders like Berlusconi, dialogue is no longer the priority, war is once again the “solution”. I am very worried because without dialogue, we are heading towards an increasingly global conflict.

Paano umuusbong ang mga lipunang Italyano at Europeo ngayon?

Sa kasamaang palad, sa lipunan, ang mga diyalogo ay nagiging mas madalas, at ang mga salungatan ay dumarami. May posibilidad na mag-isip nang mas kaunti. Ang pangunahing pagbabago ay ang kawalan ng interes sa mga kultural na halaga at tradisyon. Kung walang malinaw na pagkakakilanlan, ang paghahanap ng punto ng sanggunian sa buhay ay nagiging mahirap. Ang mga pagpapahalaga tulad ng demokrasya, kalayaan ng indibidwal, meritokrasya, tradisyon, wika, paggalang sa mga karapatan ng iba, at pagpapahusay ng ating mga kultura ay madalas na napapabayaan ngayon.

What’s your next goal?

Ako ay naghahangad para sa aming network ng mga propesyonal at liberal na gumanap ng isang mahalagang papel sa paglutas ng mga salungatan at sa pamamagitan ng mga mapayapang solusyon sa buong mundo. Ang pagkamit ng layuning ito ay magiging isang kongkretong pangarap, na nagbibigay ng pinakamalaking personal na kasiyahan para sa akin at sa aming grupo ng mga kaibigan na nakatuon sa pagtataguyod ng kapayapaan at diyalogo. Sa ngayon, wala nang mas mahalaga pa kaysa sa pagiging aktibong protagonista at tagapagtanggol ng kapayapaan.

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