By Ernie Reyes
BULACAN — The local chapters of Youth for Leni and Kilos Ko Youth
(KY) here have committed to organize at least 2,000 youth volunteers
who will work tirelessly to campaign for Leni Robredo’s presidential
and Kiko Pangilinan’s vice-presidential bids come election period next
“Well, klaro naman for Youth for Leni Bulacan and eventually for Sen.
Kiko na patuloy yung [suporta]. Hahamigin namin ang lahat ng mga
kabataan sa bawat municipality dito sa Bulacan. Papalaguin natin ang
membership dito sa Bulacan,” said Jason Anchores, provincial convenor
of Youth for Leni Bulacan.
Alex Tumampil, convenor of Bulacan Kilos Ko Youth, said his
organization has been committed to support the senator in his earlier
plan for re-election. “We’re still committed to support him in his run
to become the vice president next year,” she said.
In a dialogue with youth groups here, Pangilinan recalled his student
leader days in UP when he and fellow activists fought against the
Marcos dictatorship for the massive corruption, poverty, killings,
violence, and chaos that it engendered.
“Sabi ko sa sarili ko noon, dadating ang panahon na tayo’y huhusgahan
ng kasaysayan. Darating ang panahon na magkakaroon ako ng anak at
maari niyang itanong sa akin kung ano ang ginawa ko nitong mga panahon
na ito,” said the vice-presidential hopeful.
“Kung hindi ko maipapaliwanag sa aking mga anak ang mga naging
desisyon ko sa buhay, ano’ng klaseng ama ako? At ayaw kong [mahusgahan
nang mali],” Pangilinan added.
Tumampil said Robredo’s choice for vice-president has always sided
with the youth. “[He has been] pushing for more youth participation in
government processes [and that is] what is needed at this time,” she
Anchores, for his part, said he hopes Pangilinan would include in his
platform the resumption of classes as the pandemic widened the
educational gap. “The online classes are not working so ito ang
kailangang tugunan natin. Secondly, job security for the graduating
students,” he said.
At the Volunteers’ Assembly earlier in the day, Pangilinan thanked the
Kakampinks of Bulacan, saying he and Robredo draw strength from the
support of the volunteers.
Here, Pangilinan shared his agriculture advocacy, lauding all farmers
for their untiring efforts to provide food for the country. He said he
will continue to champion the agriculture sector and push for
“Ang pagpasok natin sa eleksyon na ito, bagama’t hindi plinano, ay
ginagawa natin dahil mahal ko ang aking anak, mahal ko ang aking
pamilya, at mahal ko ang aking bansa. At handa akong ialay ang aking
lakas, ang aking tapang. Ipaglalaban ko ang aking mga anak for a
better future. We love our children and we will fight for a better
future,” Pangilinan said.
Anchores echoed Pangilinan’s sentiments and said, “We hope na sa
susunod na [pagbisita], marami pa ang sasama at makikitagpo kung ano
man yung radikal na pagmamahal patungong 2022. Ginagawa natin ito
dahil mahal natin ang pamilya at bayan natin.” (ai/mtvn)