Significance of The Youth Vote

  • Thousands beg Australia not to deport autistic Filipino boy

    Thousands beg Australia not to deport autistic Filipino boy

    AFP News
    Thousands beg Australia not to deport autistic Filipino boy

    A 10-year-old autistic Filipino boy made an emotional plea Monday for permission to stay in Australia, as tens of thousands called for him not to be deported despite the potential cost of his condition. Tyrone Sevilla, who arrived in Australia from the Philippines legally as a two-year-old with his mother Maria Sevilla, has written to Immigration Minister Peter Dutton asking to stay. The letter, which reads: "Dear Mr Dutton, can I stay in Australia please... Tyrone," was the first one her son …

  • Indonesia to look into condemned Filipina's case: Philippines

    Indonesia to look into condemned Filipina's case: Philippines

    AFP News
    Indonesia to look into condemned Filipina's case: Philippines

    Indonesian President Joko Widodo is "sympathetic" about the plight of a Filipina facing death for drug trafficking and has promised to look into her case, a spokesman for Philippine President Benigno Aquino said Monday after he made a personal appeal. While the comments seemed to indicate a faint prospect of reprieve for Mary Jane Veloso, the Indonesian leader is seen as extremely unlikely to change course on the executions which he has insisted for months are essential to halting a national …

  • Pacquiao a national symbol of hope in Philippines

    Pacquiao a national symbol of hope in Philippines

    AFP News
    Pacquiao a national symbol of hope in Philippines

    Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao is idolised by tens of millions in the poverty-afflicted Philippines both for his punching power and as a national icon of hope after rising from the streets to the pinnacle of world boxing. Known to his countrymen in the Asian archipelago as "The National Fist", Pacman fights undefeated American Floyd Mayweather on May 2 to decide who is the world's best "pound-for-pound" boxer. To most of the Philippines' population of almost 100 million, Pacquiao, winner of an …

  • Truckers at nation's biggest port complex strike over wages

    Associated Press

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Truck drivers who haul goods from the nation's busiest port complex in Southern California walked off the job Monday in a dispute over their wages and employee status, months after another West Coast labor conflict cost major delays in billions of dollars of trade. …

  • The Latest: Last-minute hearing underway in theater shooting

    The Latest: Last-minute hearing underway in theater shooting

    Associated Press
    The Latest: Last-minute hearing underway in theater shooting

    9:10 a.m. (MDT) A hearing to take care of last-minute motions is underway in the death penalty trial of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes in suburban Denver. Holmes is dressed in a blue shirt, khaki ... …

MANILA, Philippines --- Of the 50 million or so registered voters, about half belong to the youth bloc - those aged 18 to 33 years old. Clearly, this is a formidable bloc - certainly one that candidates would want to tap.

But how much importance do young people themselves put on their voting power?

Jerom Yamat, a first-time voter, is a junior nursing student at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila. He believes he can make a difference, and expects his peers to also take the opportunity to choose their own leaders.

"I expect more youth to be seen, I expect them to be participating, I expect them to be really getting involved and getting engaged because I want the Filipino youth to be empowered," Yamat says.

Related story: Show up or lose support, UNA tells 'common' bets

He draws inspiration from the First Time Voters Network (FTVN), which was organized to encourage young people to gain political power by voting.

FTVN coordinator Jordan Gutierrez believes public participation in governance is the only guarantee issues affecting them will get the government's attention.

The youth, he says, must take on their civic duties starting with the selection of right leaders.

He adds that more needs to be done to reverse the culture of political indifference among the youth.

"Alam natin na yung kultura ng youth ngayon may apathy, may culture of fear and silence," Gutierrez says. "Ang usual na feedback nila ay: 'Bakit pa kami boboto? Para saan pa? Ilang eleksyon na pinagdaanan pero pare-parehong tao ang nai-elect.' So ito yung pilit na linalabanan ng FTV, kaya siya nagpapatuloy."

Also read: Early media voting allowed for May polls

Tina Parina, a young English professor at the De La Salle University, admits she has no plans of voting in May because she's too busy with work. So she never even bothered to register.

But it's not just the lack of time that's stopping Parina from voting.

She relates how she lost her faith in the country's electoral system after the candidate she strongly supported in the 2010 presidential election lost.

"I don't think in this election there's somebody I am passionate about as the last elections," she said. "So that's also why I don't think it's going to be as important for me to vote."

The Commission on Elections is aware there are many young people who don't value their right to vote.

"This is why the poll body has teamed up with universities and media institutions to help entice more youth to vote," Director James Jimenez, spokesman of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) says.

"They are the ones who are very vocal about their sentiments on things going on in society," Jimenez added. "So instead of just complaining or making observations, they should take a more active role in making sure that what they want, the vision that they have should be made real and since they have a vision, it only makes sense that they take a big part in building that vision."

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Pacquiao pleads for Indonesia to spare death row Filipina
    Pacquiao pleads for Indonesia to spare death row Filipina

    World boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao took time out Monday from final preparations for his $400 million megafight with Floyd Mayweather to plead for the life of a Filipina on death row in Indonesia. Pacquiao, a national hero in the Philippines, added his voice to a chorus of global opposition led by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to the executions of a group of eight foreign drug convicts, including compatriot Mary Jane Veloso. The eight-division world champion, who will face …

  • Halt Indonesia drug executions until graft claims probed: Australia
    Halt Indonesia drug executions until graft claims probed: Australia

    Australia urged Indonesia Monday to delay the execution of two men for drug offences until a corruption probe into their case is complete, after a report that judges sought tens of thousands of dollars in bribes. "Bali Nine" drug traffickers Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan could face the firing squad within days, along with others from Brazil, Nigeria, the Philippines and an Indonesian prisoner. The Indonesian attorney-general's office said the executions would take place this week but did …

  • FordPH Launches the All-New Mustang
    FordPH Launches the All-New Mustang

    Ford Philippines launched the all-new Mustang in a rock concert held at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, last week .  The All-New Mustang is the sixth generation since Ford  launched the first model in April 17, 1964. “The all-new Mustang represents the very best of Ford and its arrival marks the latest chapter of the iconic muscle car’s rich legacy, crafted with a more contemporary look and feel.  With a history spanning more than 50 years, this iconic car is at the heart and soul of Ford and …

POLL
Loading...
Poll Choice Options