21 UP Manila youth groups oppose Bongbong’s 2022 presidential bid

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A total of 31 youth organizations in the University of the Philippines Manila have united to oppose or thwart the possible presidential bid of former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. in the 2022 polls.

While two political parties have proclaimed Marcos as their bet for the 2022 polls, he has yet to formally declare he is running for president in 2022.

In a joint statement issued on Saturday, the 31 youth groups in UP Manila said Marcos “has no significant achievements on his own” and is relying on the “so-called accomplishments” of his father, the late Ferdinand Marcos, to bolster his political career.

”We acknowledge the sacrifices of past student leaders and the masses to bring back these institutions that eventually paved the way for the overthrow of the Marcos dictatorship. We will learn from history and vow that we will oppose the Marcos family’s return to power at every step of the way,” their statement said.

They even criticized Marcos’ “desperate attempts” to secure a position in government.

“The power-hungry Marcos family will always jump at any opportunity to reclaim authority,” the groups said.

Among the groups that expressed opposition to Marcos’ possible presidential bid in 2022 are the UP Manila University Student Council, UP Manila Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity and Sorority, League of Filipino Students-UP Manila, and Kabataan party list-UP Manila.

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