By RICHA NORIEGA, GMA News
Published December 17, 2021 5:52pm
Presidential aspirant and Senator Panfilo Lacson on Friday encouraged the youth to exercise their right to vote, saying that they should be more critical in electing government officials in Eleksyon 2022.
“You are the future. And hindi lang (not only the) future. Kayo ang mga (You are the) game-changers, especially now with the incoming political exercise in May next year, you are the movers of democracy,” he said during his speech in front of the Sangguniang Kabataan and youth leaders in Baguio City.
“Exercise your right to vote. Be discerning and critical and be aware of the impact of your choice for the next three years in the case of local officials and six years in the case of national officials,” he added.
Lacson also urged the youth to take interest in social issues, adding that they should also strive to find solutions for them.
“Envision the kind of society you would like to have, and look for ways how you can contribute to the achievement of such vision,” the senator said.
“Realize that every decision you are making now, whether big or small, has an effect in society either directly or indirectly,” he added.
Meanwhile, the senator advised youths to be vigilant and verify information amid the proliferation of fake news, especially on social media sites.
He added that they should finish their studies, as it is the gateway for the betterment of their future and the community.
“Everything that you do must be in pursuit of creating a legacy that can outlive us and inspire our youth, the youth of the next generation, to be productive members of our society,” he added.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) earlier reported that 4,094,614 new voters belong to the age group.
The majority of those new registrants belong to the 21-year-old age group with 750,578 males and 796,891 females. — DVM, GMA News