Student rights defender, transwoman, and scientist Jandeil Roperos has accepted the challenge as the third nominee of Kabataan Partylist in order to amplify the call for free and accessible education for all.
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Standing on the stage, looking at the crowd in front of her, Kabataan Partylist Sarah Elago asked, “Am I too young to change the world?”
Under Duterte, the youth has been one of the most targeted by state-sponsored attacks. However, these attacks fueled the youth to persevere in fighting for their rights that is evident in the campaigns they forwarded, and the dismissal of charges against them.
The Kabataan Partylist, being one of the partylists under the Makabayan coalition is consistently being redtagged. The National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict has even filed a petition to cancel its registration as well as the Gabriela Women’s Party before the Commission on Elections. But they did not back down.
“It is what encouraged me [to join Kabataan Partylist], that I don’t have to be within the four walls of the Church to serve. I was also taught the importance of reaching out to the poor because Christ’s mission was and will always be for the oppressed.”
Raoul Manuel, 27, is the first nominee of Kabataan Partylist, the youth representation in Congress. The youth partylist is among the progressive groups which are being accused of being fronts of the underground revolutionary groups.
Through the years, the progressive party-lists under the Makabayan bloc have remained critical of government policies and other issues concerning the marginalized population. A number of the bills they authored and sponsored have become laws that benefit the Filipino people.
“We believe that schools are the safest place for learning, but the criminal negligence of the Duterte regime has kept them closed for more than a year.”
“We will continue to serve the people, we will continue to fight for a just and prosperous society. It is time for the opposition to unite, unite with the people to end Duterte’s tyranny and dynasty.” — Neri Colmenares, Makabayan senatorial candidate
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“It is the youth that has been victimized from this failed flexible learning. Yet, they are being called ‘confused’ for the struggles they have to contend with.”
“It would be a long process especially if the child and parents have opposing political views but the important thing is for these children to never get tired of calmly talking to their parents. Being patient and humble with them in reminding them the reason why we became activists in the first place.”