With four million estimated new youth voters in 2022, Senator Kiko Pangilinan on Monday highlighted their “game-changing role” in the upcoming national elections in 2022.
At the 13th General Assembly of the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD), the Liberal Party president said a big chunk of his efforts “is focused on encouraging the youth to vote.”
“Four million is enough to make or break the Presidency and the majority in the Philippine Senate and it is vital, more than ever, to have more allies in the Senate so we can do something about alarming pieces of legislation such as the Anti-Terror Law and the media franchise renewals,” he said.
CALD kick-started a series of online events to commemorate its 13th General Assembly from 23-27 November 2020 with the theme: “Hope among us: a virtual gathering for the future democracy.”
Currently serving as the chairperson of CALD, Pangilinan stressed how the youth will be able to influence the 2022 national elections in the Philippines.
“We put our faith in the youth as they are the sector most critical and energized against incompetence and abuse of power,” he said.
“We look to the experience and inspiration of Hong Kong youth, Thailand youth, Indonesian youth, mobilizing in their vast numbers,” Pangilinan said.