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

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

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

A multipartisan political group called the “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, Ateneo English Professor Danton Remoto, Congressman Erin Tanada, Congressman TG Guingona 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, who maintains the young turk’s blog 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 than 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. ”

Moreover, 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 lose 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 from 1-5 p.m. This will be followed by a tour to University of the Philippines at Los Banos in September. xxx

5 Comments

  1. August 11, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    Thanks for the mention of the Mar Roxas for President in 2010 Blog (http://marroxas2010.blogspot.com)!

  2. Shen said,

    August 12, 2008 at 1:52 am

    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 and 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.

  3. Eero said,

    August 12, 2008 at 5:10 am

    Shen,

    In “Man of the Year”, Robin Williams quipped, “politicians like diapers must constantly be changed—and for the same reason. Something to that effect.

    Levity aside, I feel there is no fundamental difference between what the young turks want to achieve and your point, that is meaningful change. Ika nga sa aktibismo, “Ano ang taya mo sa kasaysayan?” They choose the electoral path and would want a legitimate stronghold on the qualms and aspirations of a frustrated generation such as yours. What’s wrong with that?

    All of us have chosen roles to play in pursuing reform. The “What” will have to be done by the “Who”, individually and collectively. The “Who” will have to be guided by a strong sense of the “What”. Otherwise nebulous romanticism will again rear its ugly head.

    It is Rosa Luxemburg who said “there exists an inexhorable tie between reform and revolution, reform the means, the revolution the end”.

    You choose your path and we will celebrate that too.

    A patch of good earth to you,

    Eero

  4. wehavenoname said,

    August 12, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    Dear Shen,

    I agree with your thoughts, mostly. But remember that the Young Turks all belong to different political parties, and we have banded together to show that, if I may be frank, our elders are all busy plotting for 2010, we can start in motion a dialogue with the nation.

    And we have decided to focus that dialogue with the young. I see nothing wrong with engaging the young people in an open and honest dialogue. We are not promising anything. We are not giving answers. Like the many young people we have talked to individually and collectively, we are asking questions.

    And it is good that you are asking questions as well. As I have said in an earlier posting, I might run for elections in 2010. I cannot speak for my other friends in the Young Turks. And since I am running, I see nothing wrong in asking the young — now — what is it they want, their thoughts are, the feelings burning in their hearts.

    Words are the beginning of work.

    Thanks,

    Danton

  5. August 13, 2008 at 2:57 am

    I am one of those Sillimanians who were touched by the fact that there are still students who care, who wish to participate in our struggle for freedom against the oppression of our so-called “government”.
    I also would like to share my thoughts on the SK people. I think it is a useless branch of government. teaching the youth to buy votes at such a young age and giving them large amount of “sweldo” daw which makes them ask for more, to the extent of them using the supposed to be funds. what do they do? build basketball courts, organize parties during fiestas, and what? SK Federation, is like a training ground for future GMA’s of the country.
    Well I hope and pray that everyone will be responsible enough to take care of their votes, and to choose the right people this coming 2010 elections, I will cast my first vote by then.🙂

    with much respect,
    Precious Grace


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