In a press statement, Kabataan national president and nominee Raymond Palatino said they chose those whom youth and students perceive as “champions of and for the youth's cause” and who will serve as the “youth's voice in the Senate.”
The statement did not explain why the group chose only ten.
Kabataan chose Joker Arroyo (TU), Alan Cayetano (GO), Nikki Coseteng (GO), Francis Escudero (GO), Loren Legarda (GO), Francis Pangilinan (Ind), Aquilino Pimentel III (GO), Ralph Recto (TU), Sonia Roco (GO) and Manny Villar (GO)
Escudero, Pimentel, Roco, Coseteng, Villar and Pangilinan were chosen for their “track record and persistent advancement of youth and students' rights to education and employment.”
Arroyo, Recto and Cayetano were chosen “for upholding human rights and fighting against political repression” while Legard was chosen for having been “very vocal about the necessity and importance of youth representation in Congress.”
“On May 14, we encourage youth and students to vote for these candidates. Let us vote for principled leadership and meaningful change in government. Let the youth decide who among the senatorial candidates are worthy of serving the country,” the statement Palatino as saying.