World Youth Alliance (WYA) released a statement opposing the impending controversial reinstatement of the death penalty in the Philippines under House Bill 4727. In the statement, WYA expressed its support for government efforts to “curtail the drug trade and reduce crimes,” but emphasized that, “a legitimate end cannot justify illegitimate means: taking a human life, even when a person is guilty.”
In response to the bill’s approval on second reading last March 1, 2017 at the Philippine House of Representatives (HOR), WYA Asia Pacific launches an online call for Filipinos to voice out their dissent against the recent turn of events.
Individuals are encouraged to reach out to their leaders to voice out their concerns about the provisions of HB 4727. WYA also invites members and non-members alike to join us in opposing the bill online by signing a letter to the nation’s leaders at the Philippine HOR, and by raising awareness about the issue by sharing WYA’s official statement to their public networks.
Filipino youth and all concerned citizens from all over the world are encouraged to maximize available communication platforms online or offline in order to voice out the need for more person-centered policies. Netizens may use the hashtags, #YesToDignity and #WeAreWYA.
The campaign will run from the evening of March 2nd (Thursday), until March 8th (Wednesday), when the HOR is formally scheduled for approval on third reading.