The anti-Duterte political ad aired on major TV stations raises questions on the use of children for political purposes.
Were the children who appeared on this ad know the purpose of this ad? Did they know that their faces would come out along with Duterte? What would they feel now when they see this ad?
Could this be considered as children’s right for participation?
We view this ad as a violation to the rights of children and an affront to our effort to protect the interest and welfare of our children.
This ad, which claims to be paid by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, shows dirty and virulent electioneering dominated by big political parties and oligarchs who have been violating children’s rights.
The Aquino administration is most guilty of violating children’s rights as we note the lumad and peasant children displaced by the military campaigns, and many more children abused, neglected and denied of social services.
We condemn the unethical use of children for this purpose and urge MTRCB and KBP, and authorities such as CHR and DSWD to probe the violations on children’s rights committed by the TV stations and by Trillanes and his financers.
We likewise challenge other presidential candidates like Binay, Duterte, Poe, Roxas and Santiago to stand for the best interest of the children on this issue