Kabataan challenges youth to ‘level up’ participation in 2013 polls
In the opening salvo of the 2013 national elections, Kabataan Partylist (KPL) calls on the youth to “level up” participation in the upcoming polls. “Kabataan: Next Level Na” is the marching call of the first and only youth partylist in Congress, as it announces its intensified involvement in the 2013 elections.
Thousands of KPL members from various chapters throughout the country converge in the Polytechnic University of the Philippines on May 11 for the KPL National Convention, wherein the only youth partylist in the country called for the intensification of unities and alliances among the youth in the light of the upcoming elections.
“In the past elections, the youth has proven that with a strong nationwide unity, we can win a seat in the House of Representatives. As we look forward to the upcoming elections, we should not only celebrate our achievements and victories, but also see the need to intensify our struggle in the light of the worsening national situation,” said KPL Rep. Raymond Palatino.
Palatino explained that the youth should “level up” the struggle against spiralling tuition increases, exorbitant fees, as well as the growing unemployment among the ranks of the youth. “The Aquino regime has promised change for the nation. But the youth has had enough of his lies – we must level up the struggle to assert our rights,” Palatino added.
“In its two terms in Congress, Kabataan Partylist has led not only the youth but also various marginalized sectors of society in the struggle for accessible education, decent employment and genuine solutions to our country’s problems. Next elections, we are again challenged to assert representation in the legislative branch. And we’ll not only settle for one, but three seats,” said KPL Spokesperson Vencer Crisostomo.
Palatino and Crisostomo called on the youth to maximize participation in the upcoming polls. “The youth remains to be a decisive force in the Philippine election, being almost a third of the overall voting population in the country,” Palatino explained.
According to data from the National Statistics Office, the number of youths aged 18 to 30 is estimated at 20 million. “Not all of these youths are registered voters, and we need to ensure that they register and take part in the upcoming elections,” Crisostomo said.
KPL is set to launch “Panata sa Halalan,” a voters’ registration drive aiming to urge 1 million youth to register for the 2013 polls. Panata sa Halalan consists of massive voters’ education drives, information campaigns in schools and communities. “In the next months, KPL will also launch a youth-led election watchdog, which will ensure the integrity of the upcoming polls,” Crisostomo said.
“There are greater challenges ahead of us, and we must now put our game faces on and proceed to the next level of our struggle for our rights and representation,” Palatino said.###