With the great expectation to the youth’s role as frontrunners for political change, it is necessary to provide them with an avenue for evaluating their choices for the upcoming May elections.
To cultivate responsible and informed voting practices among the Filipino youth, Bantay Boto 2019 spearheads SURI and SULONG in the month of February. SULONG will gather around 500 student leaders to participate in a whole-day conference and senatorial forum on February 23, Saturday, at the International Center for Public Administration (ICPA), UP NCPAG. With series of voters’ education comes SURI, a mock senatorial election involving students of UP Diliman on February 28, Thursday.
Bantay Boto 2019 is an alliance of youth organizations and councils in UP Diliman, Philippine Normal University, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, and Polytechnic University of the Philippines that are united by a common passion in service to their University and the country.
SULONG, with the theme “Tayo Naman, Tao Naman”, gathers the following eight senatorial aspirants that shall express their opinions and platforms regarding notable social issues:
Rep. Gary Alejano, Liberal Party
Mr. Rafael Alunan, Bagumbayan-VNP Party
Atty. Neri Colmenares, Makabayan Party
Atty. Chel Diokno, Liberal Party
Mr. Elmer Francisco, Federalista Party
Ms. Samira Gutoc, Liberal Party
Atty. Pilo Hilbay, Aksyon Demokratiko Party
Atty. Francis Tolentino, PDP Laban
Dr. Willie Ong, Lakas CMD Party
Through a series of three rounds, candidates shall voice out their stand by answering questions about relevant political matters. This includes an opportunity to answer questions crowdsourced from the participants.
Apart from the senatorial forum, SULONG is a youth convention that aims to raise awareness and strengthen electoral education through a plenary session that shall discuss Philippine elections and the role that the youth plays on it.
Netizens can stay updated with the happenings by checking and streaming in the Bantay Boto 2019 social media accounts.
But beyond the elections, Bantay Boto 2019 alliance will continue to stand for the protection of our democratic institutions, and upholding the democratic rights of the Filipino people.