Representatives of the youth sector showcased discomposure and were disappointed with the outcome of the Philippine National Elections, fearing the consequences that may happen during the Marcos Administration. The youth has been one of the most active participants in the recent campaigns and elections by initiating various initiatives to campaign for their Presidential bet, Leni Robredo. Most of Robredo’s supporters referred to as ‘kakampinks’ initiated the Robredo’s Rally campaign through house-to-house discourse (sometimes accompanied by the Robredo’s daughters, Aika, Tricia, and Jillian) and shape other projects such as Leni-Kiko Murals, video projects and among others. The outcome of the elections does not only form the concern of various groups that fear the impact of its return to power by a Marcos but influences activists from the youth sector.
According to Santos (2022), various activists including the youth sector protested outside the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) in Intramuros and Manila on May 10th.
The youth groups who participated were Kontra Daya, Kabataan, Karapatan, Bayan, and Kilisang Mayo Uno. These initiatives portray the stand of the youth sector on the possibility of Marcos being back to power. On the same day, the youth sector in Naga City also conveyed their stand regarding the unofficial outcome of the elections through street protest. (Florida, 2022) The Anakbayan Naga City chairperson said that, the protest illustrates the stand, the people have taken against corruption, tyranny and the questionable process of the recently concluded elections.
Aside from this, various University student councils voiced their solidarity to stand against the possibility of having the Marcos as the next President. Futhermore, Student government such as University of Santo Tomas Student Council, UP Diliman University Student Council, and Sanggunian ng mga Mag-aaral ng mga Paaralaang Loyola ng Ateneo de Manila voiced encourages their students to protests against the Marcos-Duterte possible administration through an academic walkout. (Madarang, 2022)
The Philippine youth have not been this active to voice their perspective against the results of the elections compared to the preceding administration. However, this illustrates that the youth of today are engaged and participates in the major discussions of the nation. Thus, they will not fear voicing out their perspective and stance in any conversations related to the future of their country. The youth sector headed the campaign of Leni Robredo and said that the new brand of the youth illustrates a 'stronger and determined passion for change.' (Estabillo, 2022)
After the moment, the Filipinos are currently healing against the outcome of the elections. However, the fight for good governance shall still be prioritized and will continue after the elections. The youth vouch to stand for their nation through various projects and initiatives.
For the Filipino youth, the fight for change is not yet over. Countless initiatives are yet to be executed to safeguard the rights and welfare of the entirety of the Filipino community.
Photo Credit: The New York Times
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