MANILA, Philippines -- University of the Philippines (UP) star Kobe Paras is speaking out on the injustices happening both in the Philippines and abroad, and using his broad social media platform to encourage others to do the same.
Paras, who has over 260,000 followers on Twitter and over 711,000 followers on Instagram, brought attention to the protests in the United States over the death of African-American George Floyd, as well as to the ongoing fight against the controversial anti-terrorism bill that has alarmed many at home.
In the process, he also called out the "so-called influencers" who have been silent on these issues.
"If you have a voice/platform and you're silent during this time, you're one of those privileged people that are ignorant and selfish," said Paras, a Mythical Team member in UAAP Season 82.
"For all those so-called 'influencers,' we don't need your selfies or throwback pics… We don't need any of that right now! Use your damn voice and stand up for what is right!" he said.
Paras stressed that "fighting for your rights is not a crime."
"To all the people I follow and not standing up, I see your true colors now," he added.
Floyd was killed after a white Minneapolis policeman, Derek Chauvin, kneeled on his neck. The incident, which was captured on video and went viral, has sparked protests all over the United States.
Aside from retweeting videos of the events in the United States, Paras also highlighted the case of former soldier Cpl. Winston Ragos, who was shot by a policeman in Quezon City near a quarantine checkpoint in April.
A witness said that Ragos, who was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, was unarmed during the incident.
On his Instagram stories, Paras reposted LeBron James' message that read "If you ain't with us, we ain't with y'all" and added: "My skin color is white but I am Filipino. That still makes me privileged. I will stand for what is right and be there for my brothers and sisters."
He also reposted another piece calling for the junking of the anti-terrorism bill and asking for justice for Ragos.
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