Campaign season is in full swing for the upcoming national elections as candidates attempt to persuade more citizens to vote for them. Some candidates are eyeing the votes of parents.
Santiago asks students to influence their parents
During a campus visit to the University of Cebu, presidential candidate Miriam Defensor-Santiago asked students to tell their parents to vote for her. She claims that she will win if the youth are able to convince their peers and elders to choose her.
Santiago is very popular among students, “winning” in several campus polls. However, not all college students will be eligible to vote in May. Because K-12 has not yet been fully implemented, some students are only 16 years old when they go into university; only 18-year-olds and above are allowed to vote.
Robredo highlights the important role of mothers
From another party, the latest television ad for vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo highlights the important role of moms and tries to win their hearts and votes.
The video shows a crying mother in one scene, scenes of moms working, and a scene where the mom is much better-off because of her livelihood. Robredo declares, “Ang nanay, bigyan lang ng pagkakataon, siguradong maganda ang resulta! Pag may kabuhayan, lalong naaalagaan ang pamilya. (A mother, given a chance, will surely deliver beautiful/good results! If there is livelihood, the family is better cared for.)”
From her years of experience of working with and fighting for women, Robredo observed that the best solution is to empower them so that they can provide for their family’s needs.
The importance of choosing our country’s next leaders carefully
Voting is both our right as Filipino citizens and a very serious responsibility. Part of this is personally examining each candidate and discerning which ones have both the character and competence worthy of our trust. It is important that we carefully choose our country’s next leaders for the sake of a better future for all Filipinos.
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