QUEZON CITY – On the 18th founding anniversary of Kabataan Party-list, Representative Sarah Elago took her oath at the Supreme Court of the Philippines.
She is set to serve her second term as youth representative in the Eighteenth Congress of the House of Representatives. The oath taking ceremony was administered by Justice Antonio Carpio, one of the incumbent Senior Associate Justice at the Supreme Court.
“At a time where our rights and freedoms are under attack, Kabataan Party-list vows to uphold the Youth Agenda and to renew our commitment in the fight for free education, human rights, democracy, national sovereignty, and other issues that confront the Filipino youth and the people,” Elago said.
Justice Carpio was chosen to administer the oath taking, primarily because of his stands in landmark cases and issues of the country particularly his stance on Chinese intervention and defense of our national sovereignty, which strongly resonated with the youth.
“Today also marks the 158th birth anniversary of our national hero, Jose Rizal. The oath we took today symbolizes our pledge as the Pag-asa ng Bayan to fight for our sovereignty and freedom, just like what Rizal and other brave Filipinos did,” Elago added.
Now more than ever, the role of the Pag-asa ng Bayan becomes ever more urgent. We shall not stand idly by as this administration compromises our national sovereignty and dignity. Nor shall we remain silent as it attacks the fundamental rights of the youth by lowering the age of criminal responsibility and imposing mandatory ROTC on senior high school students. Even now, this administration seeks to remove our sense of self and nationhood by removing Filipino and Panitikan classes in college. In the face of all these attacks, Kabataan will remain steadfast in our duty.
“As we usher in a new term, Kabataan Party-list, as the genuine representation of the youth in Congress, is now ready to face the challenges that lie ahead. With the intensified attacks the youth has been receiving on all fronts, the youth together with the other sectors of society—our farmers, workers, indigenous peoples, employees, and all of the oppressed—will forge greater unities to defeat a common enemy,” Elago said. [BicolToday.com]