De Lima lauds youth’s courage to speak out on pressing issues

De Lima lauds youth’s courage to speak out on pressing issues

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima commended Filipino youth leaders for their determination and courage to speak out on pressing national issues and initiative to call out any forms of abuses by the State.

In her message read by her nephew, Ian Serranilla, during the online TownHall Meeting (THM) with youth leaders last Dec. 9, De Lima said she admires the young generation for continuing to stand up for human rights and fight the oppression by the current administration.

“Sa programa nga pong ito kasama ang ating kabataan, lubos akong nagpapasalamat sa inyong pakikiisa hindi lamang sa higit na pagkilala sa akin at sa pag-alam sa aking sitwasyon, kundi sa kahandaan ninyo na iparinig ang inyong boses at makibahagi sa diskusyon ukol sa mga isyung panlipunan,” she said.

“Alam ko na sa modernong panahon na ito, napakarami na ninyong pinagkakaabalahan. Pero pinipili ninyong maglaan ng oras, lakas at dedikasyon para mamulat at mangmulat sa kapwa ninyo kabataan at sa marami pa nating kababayan,” she added.

The Townhall Meeting, entitled “Kilalanin si Senadora Leila: Dumadama, Dumadamay, Lumalaban” tackled De Lima’s legislative achievements and continued political persecution under the Duterte regime, among others.

EveryWoman and Young Feminists Collective member Shebana Alqaseer hosted the forum and was joined by three youth speakers from esteemed universities, namely Kristin Angan (Ateneo de Manila University Sanggunian), Renee Co (University of the Philippines Regent), and Raeyan Reposar (former De La Salle University Law Student Government President).

(ai/mtvn)

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