Samar Youth Group Launches Campaign vs 'Money Politics'; Demands a Revolution to Remold Attitudes, End Traditional Politics

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Samar Youth Group Launches Campaign vs 'Money Politics'; Demands a Revolution to Remold Attitudes, End Traditional Politics


Byline: LUCINO REBAMONTAN

SAN JULIAN, Eastern Samar A youth movement against "money politics" is catching fire in this town amid fears of massive vote-buying and other illegal campaign activities by moneyed candidates in the May 10 elections.

The responsible-voting campaign seeks to help deepen peoples awareness of their responsibilities as voters, the imperative need to choose elective officials on the basis of their qualifications, moral and ethical standards, track record and reputation in their respective communities.

Leaders of the movement said another major thrust of their campaign is to make people fully cognizant of the consequences of selling their votes to the highest bidders.

With the battlecry, "Revolution of the Mind, Attitudes & Values," the movement has drawn adherents from school campuses, young professional groups and out-of-school youths.

Rochelle Ayad, a graduating mass communications students of UP Tacloban City and spokesperson of the group, described the enthusiastic response to the campaign against money politics as "beyond our wildest dream."

She noted that people, especially young voters, were eagerly embracing and pushing efforts to purge the electoral process of its traditional grime, including the use of money to buy elective positions.

Elaborating on the movements slogan, she explained that the vote-buying "syndrome has been deeply embedded in some peoples minds that no less than a revolution of the mind, attitudes and values could jar voters aphathy to the use of gold, guns and goons as tools by politicians to win election. …

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