Despite the intensified threats, red-tagging and vilification against progressive groups and activists, youth groups in Baguio City are not deterred, and are finding ways to fight back.
Kabataan pary-list urged the Commission on Election and the Commission on Human Rights in Region 1 for a dialogue on the red-tagging incidents against them perpetrated by the Philippine National Police.
A youth party-list official in Ilocos condemned the military for its “campaign to demonize party-lists” and outright violation of its mandate in the Constitution.
Students of the University of the Philippines Baguio together with human rights defenders lit candles in an indignation rally at the university’s oblation ground to condemn and demand justice for the killing of National Democratic Front of the Philippines Consultant Randy Malayao.
The Cordillera Youth Center (CYC) added its voice against the move of the House of Representatives’ Justice Committee to fast-track the proceedings for the bills seeking to repeal the Republic Act 9344, or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006, that exempts children 15 years old and below from criminal liability.
Reacting on the recent Philippine National Police pronouncement that students and youth are being “forced” to join the New People’s Army, a progressive youth group said that individuals joining the armed revolution make their own choices.
Kabataan Partylist condemns the recent statement of the Philippine National Police (PNP) which accuses students from the University of the Philippines (UP) and Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) of immersing and joining the armed group New Peoples’ Army (NPA).
Maituturing na paglilihis sa tunay na mga usapin sa lipunan ang pahayag ng hepe ng Philippine National Police na pilit naguugnay sa “immersion program” o pakikipamusay sa mga komunidad sa pagrerekluta ng New People’s Army ayun sa isang grupo ng kabataan sa Ilocos.
Anakbayan Ilocos and Kabataan Partylist Cordillera in separate statements scored National Youth Commission (NYC) chairman Ronald Gian Caderma for his statement associating youth groups criticizing the administration with the communist rebels.
Joanna Carino, an Ibaloi elder and martial law survivor, and former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno both stressed to their audience that the youth are indispensable to effecting genuine social change.
Marami ring mga batang nagmumura at parang normal na lang sa kanila ito. May ipinasa ang konseho ng Lungsod ng Baguio na ordinansa na ipinagbabawal ang pagmumura. Pero ganun pa man, marami pa rin ang nagmumura.
Nagtipon-tipon ang mga kabataan at mga guro sa isinagawang talakayan hinggil sa pamana ni Andres Bonifacio at kahalagahan ng wikang Filipino noong ika-30 ng Nobyembre sa Vigan City na pinangunahan ng Kabataan Partylist-Ilocos,