What teen on Time 'Most Influential' list wants to tell Duterte


Posted at Nov 05 2017 03:41 PM | Updated as of Nov 05 2017 04:49 PM

MANILA - A high school student who has led protests against the government's anti-narcotics drive wants to know if President Rodrigo has any regrets over the campaign that has seen some 3,800 suspected criminals killed. 

"If he's questioning his own actions as well, I'd like to know," Shibby de Guzman told radio DZMM on Sunday. 

The 14-year old De Guzman, who was recently named among Time Magazine's list of the "30 Most Influential Teens of 2017," has led what she calls a "cardboard movement" to draw attention to the killings of drug suspects.

De Guzman and her supporters have worn cardboard signs similar to the ones usually found beside slain drug suspects. She was photographed wearing a sign that read: "Lahat Tayo Posibleng Drug Pusher" (All of Us Are Possible Drug Pushers).

She admitted she was once very angry over the killings, especially of teenagers.

"I don't believe that any of these killings are justifiable, and it's not that I am against the administration like most people say," De Guzman said. 

The ninth grade student from St. Scholastica's College in Manila admitted that she has been getting a lot of "haters" on social media because of her outspoken criticism of some of the policies of the Duterte administration. 

But she said is unfazed by the online "bashing" as most of them were personal insults. 

She also felt sad that many of her detractors have accused her of being "brainwashed" into joining and leading rallies against government policies. She maintained that she may be young, but she is well-informed about current issues and takes time to understand them.

"I don't think you should immediately undermine what the youth can do by themselves, because we have minds of our own," De Guzman said. 

She added that her parents support her and are proud that she is passionate about things that matter. 

Shibby said she is considering studying in the University of Philippines-Diliman. She said she is particularly interested in political science and economics.