Bayan Mo iPatrol Mo launched its election coverage for Halalan 2019 in line with the ABS-CBN Integrated news election campaign called Ipanalo: Boses ng Pilipino.
The event, which took place at San Sebastian College – Recoletos yesterday, aimed to encourage ordinary citizens to participate in the upcoming elections and serve as citizen journalists.
Over 100 students from partner schools such as San Sebastian College – Recoletos, CEU, FEU, STI, DLSU, PUP and San Beda University joined the event.
During the program, Commission on Elections (Comelec) spokesperson James Jimenez encouraged young voters not to waste their opportunity to shape the nation’s future by choosing which leaders should steer the country in the right direction.
“Ang kahalagahan ng halalan ay nagkakaron tayo ng pagkakataon pumili ng ating mga lider. Tayo ay nagkakaron ng pagkakataon pumili kung sino ang magdedesisyon sa malalaking bagay tulad ng mga bagong batas,” Jimenez said.
With three months to go before the midterm elections, 21-year-old Michelle Clemente said she feels the weight of her responsibility to vote on Election Day.
"Sinisigurado ko na alam ko kung sino ang binoboto ko, alam ko kung ano ang paninindigan nila, alam ko ang pinaglalaban nila,” Michelle said. She hopes candidates will speak up more about human rights and environmental issues.
Putting a spotlight on issues that Michelle and other voters want to hear is at the heart of the theme Ipanalo:Boses ng Pilipino.
"Ang gusto natin manaig yung totoong boses ng mamamayan and 'yun din naman talaga yung mandate ng Bayan Mo iPatrol Mo ever since. Para mabigyan ng boses yung mga walang boses," BMPM Head Rowena Paraan said.
Paraan also cautioned people who primarily consume news via social media.
"Yung disinformation or 'yung kasinungalingan na kumakalat, ginagamit yung social media, ito yung isang bagay na gusto nating i-check lalo na pagdating ngayon ng election kasi ... 'yung mamamayan kailangan niya ng tamang impormasyon para 'yung kanyang boto ay nakabatay sa katotohanan."
Aside from guest speakers, fiesta games were also held as a fun way to teach the students about elections.
Inspired by the game tumbang preso, Crash the Clans had players toppling towers of cans representing political dynasties.
The traditional pabitin had a twist, with students jostling to grab toys labeled “real” instead of “fake” (real news as opposed to fake news).
Another game called Patroller Went to Cover reminded citizen journalists on what they need to do should they find themselves in a “breaking news” situation especially during the elections.
As a treat for the students who participated in the program, PBB Otso Teen Housemates performed a dance number. Meanwhile, Jeremy Glinoga of The Voice Teen Philippines serenaded the audience.