NAGA CITY, 25June2013 – Vowing to intensify the struggle for democratic rights of the youth and other marginalized sectors of society, Kabataan Partylist Rep. Terry Ridon has taken his oath of office this morning at the Quezon City Hall of Justice Branch 225.
“As we begin another chapter for Kabataan Partylist, we call on the youth to intensify the struggle for our democratic rights –especially at a time when various conniving forces are endangering even our most basic rights including education,” the youth solon said.
A known youth leader and caused-oriented lawyer, Atty. Terry Ridon is the current president of Kabataan Partylist. He has also served as the president of the League of Filipino Students and was a former student regent of the University of the Philippines.
The oath-taking ceremony was presided over by Judge Cleto Villacorta III, an active member of the National Union of People’s Lawyers and known for his expertise in the field of human rights, particularly the interpretation of the Writ of Amparo.
The occasion was also in time for the birth anniversary of Dr.Jose Rizal, one of the country’s foremost youth icons; and the 12th founding anniversary of Kabataan Partylist, which remains to be the first and only youth representation in the House of Representatives. Kabataan traces its roots to Anak ng Bayan, a party-list founded by several youth formations back in June 19, 2001.
“We fought valiantly for the youth’s representation in the House of Representatives. Various insidious forces tried to hinder us from succeeding in the past elections, including the Commission on Elections that filed unsubstantiated election charges against us. Yet we persisted and in the end emerged victorious, with Comelec dropping the disqualification charges against us and our party-list mustering the overwhelming support of the youth.”
“We should seize this opportunity to intensify our struggle, not only in the hallowed halls of Congress but also in the parliamentary of the streets. Our work inside the legislature should go hand-in-hand with the fight of the progressive forces in the streets, communities, and other sites of struggle,” Ridon continued.
Ridon vowed to continue the advocacies of his predecessor, Rep. Raymond Palatino, and ensure the passage of pro-youth and pro-people legislation in the 16th Congress, including the Tuition Regulation Bill, the Anti-‘No Permit, No Exam’ Bill, the Student’s Rights Bill, the Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill, and the P125 Wage Hike Bill, among others.
“When session officially begins on July 22, we will prioritize filing much-needed pieces of legislation that will address the spiralling crisis beleaguering our people. We will serve as the voice of the underrepresented, and we will ensure that not a single day will pass without us furthering the cause of millions of Filipinos mired in poverty,” Ridon ended.