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‘Be chill, conserve energy but never let others abuse rights’, VP tells youth leaders


By Raymund Antonio

There is always hope.

Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo made this exhortation to a youth group over the weekend as she told them about the one lesson in history that “good will triumph over evil.”

(photo sourced from VP Leni Robredo's facebook page)

(photo sourced from VP Leni Robredo’s facebook page)

“The natural law is good always prevail in the end,” Robredo, a lawyer and former housing chief, said.

“In the times of our lives, not only as a nation but in our personal lives, we feel that with all the bad luck we went through, or when our feelings were down, what we must carry with us are hope and faith,” she said in Filipino.

This was the central message of the Vice President during the national summit of Millennials PH (MPH) held at the Quezon City Reception House, where she holds office.

MPH, a sociopolitical youth movement dedicated to developing future leaders, is one of the lead organizers of Angat Buhay Youth, her flagship antipoverty program.

The group is composed of around 2,000 youth leaders from 33 school-and community-based chapters nationwide. The movement aims to give them a platform to speak out on social and political issues that the country is facing.

The Office of the Vice President recognized the vital role of the youth in nation building.

“We don’t have monopoly of good intentions, we don’t have monopoly of skills, all of us have the same love for our country, but our ways are different to show it. And the purpose of the organization is to look for the appropriate role of each one so that we may strongly push for our love to our country,” she said.

In her speech, Robredo urged the youth to always be “chill” to conserve their energy because they still have a long fight.

“But for being chill, we should not allow our rights to be abused. All the time, we do not allow our rights and our freedoms to be trampled upon,” the Vice President said.

The lady official remarked Filipinos fighting for positive changes in the country are works in progress that must not be rushed.

“I hope we would not be too impatient,” she said. “Let’s be sure that in everything we do, we do it well.”

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