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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Young Generation of Politicians aka Young Turks: Are They The Change We are Waiting For?

There is an ongoing hype within the youth circle. It is about a group of young politicians calling for the youth's participation in governance.. they are called Young Turks. “Young Turks” is a multipartisan political group called led by Genuine Opposition Spokesperson and Pamantasan Lungsod ng Maynila President Atty. Adel Tamano that has started to go the rounds of colleges and universities all over the country. Tamano, along with other young political personalities Nacionalista Party spokesperson and former congressman Gilbert Remulla, English Professor Danton Remoto, Congressman Erin Tanada, and San Juan mayor JV Ejercito are doing the rounds of campuses advocating for youth involvement in governance.

What's my take about them? Well here are some... Unless we become people who sees beyond personalities in organizations, groups and in politics we can never overcome the system of this nation that is based on personalities rather than causes. Let me ask everyone one thing what if those personalities were not there and just a simple farmer organized a group such as this... would it receive the same hype and welcome that it is receiving now? The big answer is NO! We are banking everything on WHO rather that WHAT. What is the cause that we are really fighting for? Are we just inspired because they are people we knew.

We should transcend beyond the politicians, their clans and families and start a new brand of politics that is based on the what and the how. I salute these people for organizing this movement but may I ask what is in it for them? Is it because they are planning to run in the 2010 elections? Why mobilize the youth now? Is it really for change or for the opportunity?

Genuine change can only be done by those who selflessly wants to change a system that has corrupted us for so long. It is not so much of who the leader is but of how we act on things. What we need is a moral, cultural and political revolution... not of the sword but of the radical changes in our minds and hearts.

Below is a full article about the Young Turks (Young Generation of Politicians). By the way thanks to MEGGI for this information:

Young Generation of Politicians Barnstorms Schools, Connects with the “Internet Nation”


A multipartisan political group called “Young Turks” led by Genuine Opposition Spokesperson and Pamantasan Lungsod ng Maynila President Atty. Adel Tamano has started to go the rounds of colleges and universities all over the country. Tamano, along with other young political personalities Nacionalista Party spokesperson and former congressman Gilbert Remulla, English Professor Danton Remoto, Congressman Erin Tanada, and San Juan mayor JV Ejercito are doing the rounds of campuses advocating for youth involvement in governance.

The kick off started at Silliman University in Dumaguete City Last July 10-11, 2008.
Tamano described the event. “The bright students of Silliman University asked questions and we tried to answer them with substance and with style, with wit and cheer and laughter intact. It is because their questions seemed to deal with lack of hope, of being betrayed by their leaders, of abandonment. I hope we kept the spark plug of hope alive. We spoke in a chapel, a presentation room for business students, and the great church — all in one day. We hope the Sillimanians had a grand time, the way we did too, in our first campus tour.”

Eero Brillantes, CEO of Mindbullet Marketing and Public Relations, and maintains the young turk’s blog http://www.oppositeofapathy.wordpress.com says that the blog has become hyperactive after the Silliman activity. Based on site metering, he noted interest in what the group has to say. “The blog has just recently been put up. Yet it has already been visited almost 10,000 times. It is currently ranked number 13 for politics and government by topblogs.com.ph. Its just one notch lower to the “Mar Roxas for President 2010 blog which is at number 12. The blog definitely has momentum. With the campus tour catching fire, the blog is poised to be a prominent fixture in new politics for the country. The Young Turks and the Internet Nation has become properly introduced”.

For his part Remoto was upbeat about the launch and how the internet was able to disseminate the event exponentially. “Skycable showed the complete proceedings that night of July 10, and we also had coverage from two radio stations, two newspapers and the Sillimanian college paper as well as its website. Not to mention the many blogs of the bagets from Silliman, which are now being read and re-sent and re-read all over the borderless world of cyberspace. ”
Congressman Tanada, emphasized the need for dialogue between the young batch of political leaders and the youth. He said that it is important for the youth not to loose hope and for them to assert their rights. Remulla asserted that there is still hope and it resides in the youth and the young generation should not be afraid to stand for what they believe in.

On August 26, 2008, the Young Turks will visit the University of the Philippines National College of Public Administration and Governance. This will be followed by a tour to University of the Philippines at Los BaƱos in September.

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Press Release: August 11,2008
For more info: Eero Brillantes, 09276702831, mindbullet45@gmail.com

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