Students weigh in on pork barrel issue

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To be honest, most of the youth are not often involved with anything concerning politics, or problems, or the country’s struggles. However, the issue about the pork barrel, has evolved into something so big and rampant that it’s caught even our attention. We high school students speak for ourselves when we say that, as Filipino citizens, we want to make a stand against it.

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Definitely, the misuse of the pork barrel strikes us the most – how can the very people we’ve trusted to rule over us actually have the guts to take advantage of what the people actually work for and spend this money for their own conceited uses? It’s no wonder that the poor are only continuing to grow poorer, and the richer are just growing richer. Where does the people’s hard-earned money go? To expensive sports cars, twenty-eight houses, fake NGOs, and many others, of course. Who else are we to blame for the lack of educational facilities and the unwavering poverty rate? Ourselves? Certainly not!

Affecting us even further is how, in the long run, we, the youth, will have to clean up the mess that will be left behind. We, of all people! We, who everyone believes should become the next leaders! Imagine how this would just result to a vicious cycle – if we’re left to fix the mistakes of the past, how, then, will we be able to focus on the future and development of the country?

Despite all these, we cannot help seeing the infinitesimal silver lining about the pork barrel: the bringing out of nationalism in the youth. To know that plenty of other people – old and young alike – are against a certain stand: now that’s quite a sight, because the agreement of most, if not all, age gaps is infrequent. Additionally, that people have the freedom to voice out their opinions about topics such as these – especially the recent march in Luneta and the prayer rally on EDSA – lets us appreciate our democratic government. Through the pork barrel, we are shown the “leaders,” whose mistakes we should learn from when it’s our turn to lead the country. From our observations, we can say that this may be quite a bit to handle – we’ve never seen so many mistakes to learn from!

Although we may not be as directly affected by the pork barrel issue as our parents or other taxpayers, we can see that soon, we will be. Soon, it’ll be our turn to face the problems of the country, whether we like it or not. Which is why as early as now, we’re making this our EDSA. We’re learning to make our own stand. We’re choosing to voice out what we think. We’re choosing what we believe in.

Tanya Anastacio, Monica Belen,
Leigh Candava, Inna Chua, and Ella Cuevas
Batch 2014 of PAREF Woodrose
Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City

Students weigh in on pork barrel issue
To be honest, most of the youth are not often involved with anything concerning politics, or problems, or the country’s struggles. However, the issue about the pork barrel, has evolved into something so big and rampant that it’s caught even our attention. We high school students speak for ourselves when we say that, as Filipino citizens, we want to make a stand against it.
Definitely, the misuse of the pork barrel strikes us the most – how can the very people we’ve trusted to rule over us actually have the guts to take advantage of what the people actually work for and spend this money for their own conceited uses? It’s no wonder that the poor are only continuing to grow poorer, and the richer are just growing richer. Where does the people’s hard-earned money go? To expensive sports cars, twenty-eight houses, fake NGOs, and many others, of course. Who else are we to blame for the lack of educational facilities and the unwavering poverty rate? Ourselves? Certainly not!
Affecting us even further is how, in the long run, we, the youth, will have to clean up the mess that will be left behind. We, of all people! We, who everyone believes should become the next leaders! Imagine how this would just result to a vicious cycle – if we’re left to fix the mistakes of the past, how, then, will we be able to focus on the future and development of the country?
Despite all these, we cannot help seeing the infinitesimal silver lining about the pork barrel: the bringing out of nationalism in the youth. To know that plenty of other people – old and young alike – are against a certain stand: now that’s quite a sight, because the agreement of most, if not all, age gaps is infrequent. Additionally, that people have the freedom to voice out their opinions about topics such as these – especially the recent march in Luneta and the prayer rally on EDSA – lets us appreciate our democratic government. Through the pork barrel, we are shown the “leaders,” whose mistakes we should learn from when it’s our turn to lead the country. From our observations, we can say that this may be quite a bit to handle – we’ve never seen so many mistakes to learn from!
Although we may not be as directly affected by the pork barrel issue as our parents or other taxpayers, we can see that soon, we will be. Soon, it’ll be our turn to face the problems of the country, whether we like it or not. Which is why as early as now, we’re making this our EDSA. We’re learning to make our own stand. We’re choosing to voice out what we think. We’re choosing what we believe in.
Tanya Anastacio, Monica Belen,
Leigh Candava, Inna Chua, and Ella Cuevas
Batch 2014 of PAREF Woodrose
Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City

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