Christmas Tree for Change launched

Dec. 20, 2009

DAVAO CITY—The Kabataan Party recently launched the “Krismas Tri para sa Pagbag-o” (KTP, Christmas Tree for Change), to press for an expeditious resumption by the Commission on Elections for the voter’s registration as mandated by a recent nine-page Supreme Court ruling to extend the registration up to January 9, 2010.

Kabataan Party Davao City Spokesperson Ronnie Clarion said, “Ang Krismas Tri sa Pagbag-o nag-unod sa mga hagit sa Kabataan ug usa niini ang panawagan nga mas daghang representante niini dinha sa panggamhanan, ug mas daghang kabataan nga musalmot sa eleksyon (The Christmas Tree for Change embodies the challenges of the youth and one of these is the call that there will be more youth representatives in government and that more of the youth will participate in the elections).”

The Krismas Tri para sa Pagbag-o is made of painted paper stands outside the Kabataan’ headquarters in Jacinto St.

“The slow, if not intended inaction of the Comelec (Commission on Elections) is tantamount to saying that the four million unregistered voters are insignificant to the future of this country.” Kabataan officers will hang Christmas stars on the Christmas tree bearing calls for the youth and the people,” Clarion said

The High Court’s order cited the Voter’s Registration Act of 1996 which provided that the correct deadline for registration should be January 9, 2010. In the said SC order, the High Court also accentuated the vital role of the youth in nation-building.

In the christmas tree, Kabataan cited the various issues besetting the youth—justice, land, education, employment, social services, peace and change. “Christmas cannot be truly happy for the youth because all these things are merely wishes up to now.”

Before the Christmas tree was lit up, a mass trooping and picket was led by Kabataan Party at the office of the Comelec, to ensure that it has taken the necessary preparations to resume voter’s registration on December 21, 2009.

Sheena Duazo, executive vice-president for Mindanao of Kabataan Partylist said the Comelec representative told them that no directive was forwarded to them by the national office as to when or how to go about with the resumption of the voter’s registration.

“It seemed that they were reluctant or have taken lightly the wisdom of the Supreme Court,” Duazo said.

“We will monitor the extended registration and will conduct campaigns to various communities and schools to encourage more youth to be registered for the upcoming 2010 polls,” Duazo concluded.

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Leigh Dalugdog
Kabataan Partylist-Southern Mindanao
Media relations officer

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