Robredo: Don't suppress youth's voice

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 23 2018 08:41 PM

NAGA CITY - Vice President Leni Robredo on Friday said the youth's voice should not be stifled, as walkout protests of students were held nationwide against the policies of President Rodrigo Duterte.

"Yung sa'kin lang, hindi harangin yung mga kabataan mag-express ng kanilang saloobin kasi, isa yun sa mga karapatan na enshrined sa ating Saligang Batas. Okay naman na siguruhin na walang violence na mangyari, pero sana walang pag-stifle," Robredo said in a chance interview.

Sought for comment on the divorce bill, Robredo said she is open to any possibilities but that the measure should be studied carefully.

"Ako, mahirap mag-comment kasi hindi ko pa nakikita iyong version na lumabas sa [House] committee, pero iyong divorce kasi, isang bagay na hindi biro. Mayroon tayong probisyon sa ating saligang batas na kailangang pangalagaan iyong sanctity of marriage, kaya hindi ito puwedeng madaliin," she said.

"So, sa atin, iyong pakiusap lang natin, bukas naman tayo sa kahit ano, pero iyong pakiusap nga, suriin nang mabuti, pagdebatehan, talakayin nang maayos iyong lahat na probisyon ng divorce bill."

The House of Representatives Committee on Population and Family Relations on Wednesday made history as it submitted a divorce bill for plenary deliberations for the first time.

Robredo, meanwhile, said she supports the President's move to ban the deployment of Filipino migrant workers to Kuwait following reports of maltreatment and abuse.

"Iyong sa akin lang, kailangan siguro maging polisiya ng gobyerno na kung magsususpend siya o magsasara ng recruitment agency, siguraduhin na iyong mga inaalagaan nitong mga workers na dinedeploy, may sasalo. Kasi kung walang sasalo, paano sila imo-monitor?" she said. --Report from Kate Delovieres, ABS-CBN News