Kabataan Partylist Rep. Sarah Elago was in Negros Oriental yesterday for the launching of the Kabataan Para sa Pagbabago national youth movement for change.
She enjoined the youth to launch forum discussions about pressing issues in the country with regards to education, human rights, and peace.
She also called on them to be active in spearheading activities for the youth in their schools and universities, in connection with the launching of the movement in preparation for the national day of action.
The most recent one was the national day of action for education, human rights, and peace that coincided with the 44 th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law in 1972.
Elago had several consultations and meetings with youth groups and organizations.
She also disclosed that the Kabataan partylist is supporting the Duterte administration in its campaign for justice and security in the county. But she cautioned the government to respect human dignity and uphold human rights at all times and to put a stop to extrajudicial killings, adhere to the rule of law, and respect the right of the people to due process.
As member of the House Committee on Dangerous Drugs and Human Rights, Elago stressed that summary executions will not solve the problem on illegal drugs proliferation. It entails a lot of socioeconomic programs and stability because most victims belong to the most vulnerable sector of society that has no access to basic social services.
She also called on government to already roll out the comprehensive inter-agency drug rehabilitation program to solve the problem.
She said most of the victims of illegal drugs are out-of-school youth, and she urged the government to make good its promise of free education from elementary to high school.*JG
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