BAGUIO CITY, Benguet, Philippines — Round 200 youth activists right here on Wednesday, Might 11, staged a protest to sentence what they described as “electoral fraud” and the approaching return of the Marcoses to Malacañang.
Carrying banners, the protesters marched from the Publish Workplace Park to Session Highway earlier than holding a candlelight vigil at Malcolm Sq..
Louise Montenegro of Kabataan Partylist stated they staged the protest motion to sentence studies of electoral fraud and the electoral system within the nation as a complete.
She stated that they have been additionally protesting the perennial issues of vote-buying, soiled campaigning, and systemic fraud.
Reginald Flores of the Youth Act Now Towards Tyranny identified that the elections have been marred with large disinformation and red-tagging of opposition candidates, malfunctioning vote-counting machines, and vote-buying.
In keeping with Flores, there may by no means be a good election with these prevailing issues.
He stated justice for the victims of the warfare on medication of the Duterte administration and the victims of human rights violations throughout Martial Regulation can be extra elusive underneath a Marcos-Duterte authorities.
Christain Dave Ruz of Makabayan Coalition stated that they have been additionally calling for unity that’s based mostly on the calls for for a greater schooling system, extra jobs, land for farmers, and justice for all victims of extrajudicial killings.
“All of us need a nation the place mother and father can feed their kids properly. All of us hope for a nation the place no youth will cry as a result of they can not go to highschool. That is the unity that we wish,” Ruz stated.
“All of us, even supporters of BBM and different candidates need change, and all of us need respect, Individuals’s Park (Malcolm Sq.) is open to different protest actions, if there be, and will all of us stroll towards the trail of real change,” Ruz stated, addressing the jeering crowd.
Ruz additional stated that there might be no real change if the candidates are liars and have standing offenses in opposition to the folks.
“My fellow Filipino, unity isn’t just unity or fanaticism for one candidate, the unity of the youth earlier than you now could be unity for schooling, unity for staff’ rights, unity for justice, unity for democracy,” he stated.
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