Office of the Vice President
26 September 2017
Vice President Leni Robredo called on young students in Marikina City to value the freedoms they currently enjoy, and to take to heart the lessons from the struggles of the Filipino people to attain them.
VP Leni issued the remarks on Tuesday morning, when she stood in as co-teacher in an Araling Panlipunan class for Grade 6 students of the Concepcion Integrated School in Marikina City.
“Ngayon na sarili na natin iyong pamahalaan, ngayong marami na tayong tinatamasa na mga karapatan, iyong pinakaaral no’n: Huwag nating sasayangin,” she told the students in her parting message.
“Kaya sa atin ipinapakilala iyong ating pinagdaanan, para malaman natin kung gaano kahirap natin ito nakamtan. At dahil mahirap nating makamtan, hindi natin sasayangin, hindi natin aabusuhin. ‘Di ba? Iyong mga karapatan natin ngayon, dapat pinapahalagahan natin,” she added.
VP Leni was invited to the activity by Teach for the Philippines, a partner of the Office of the Vice President’s Angat Buhay program, which enlists young leaders to teach in public schools for two years.
During the class, she talked about her duties as vice president, and also answered some of the students’ questions about her position on certain issues, including criminality and the recent spate of killings in the country.
VP Leni said that we are facing challenges that call for an assessment of our values as a people and the need to address poverty. She also underscored the importance of strong law enforcement and judicial system, together with the rule of law, in dealing with these concerns.
“Kailangan matapos na ito. Kailangan iyong ating sistema ng katarungan dito sa atin, maparusahan iyong mga gumagawa ng mga bagay na ito, kasi hanggang hindi sila napaparusahan—hanggang hindi sila nahuhuli, hanggang hindi sila nakukulong—patuloy at patuloy lang na mangyayari [ito],” she said.
She also pointed out that the responsibility to alleviate criminality in the country lies with its leaders and the pronouncements they make.
“Obligasyon namin na nasa pamahalaan na wala kaming sasabihin, wala kaming gagawin, para magbigay ng impresyon sa iba na okay lang pumatay. Kasi kung sasabihin namin na okay lang pumatay, baka napakarami pang maengganyong magpatay,” she said.
“Tingin natin iyong krimen, responsibilidad namin iyon—responsibilidad namin bilang mga kawani ng pamahalaan na siguruhin na masugpo ito. Kasi kapag hindi ito masugpo, iyong buong lipunan ay maaapektuhan, lalong lalo na kayong mga kabataan,” she also told the students.