A pro-life and religious lawmaker yesterday expressed dismay over the cursing and threatening of some candidates which have apparently become the new abnormalities for campaign in the 2016 elections, thus setting a bad precedent for the youth.
"It is setting a bad example to the youth. Cursing, name-calling, so if I am a young person, I see our elected leaders cursing and saying he is willing to kill, then there is no reason for me to do the same curse people even kill people. It gets people elected, which is a bad, bad example for the next generation of leaders," Rep. Lito Atienza of the Buhay Partylist said when asked to react to the viral video of San Juan Rep. Ronaldo Zamora, presently the minority floor leader in Congress, who was seen hurling invectives and threatening families in Barangay Pasadena in the City of San Juan.
Atienza said these candidates are of "violent mouths and minds which are polluting the youth and how they see things. The violence of our leaders will not help the Philippines economy or relations."
Presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte had been under fire for his continued cursing during the earlier part of his campaign. He even came under fire for cursing Pope Francis. He was also seen as a womanizer and has been issuing statements threatening to kill drug pushers and criminals. He even joked that the fishes at the Manila Bay may be fattened due to the number of people that could be killed.
On the part of Zamora, it seems that his inappropriate behavior was caused upon seeing supporters of their opponents. Recent surveys, including Pulse Asia, showed that the entire Ejercito-Estrada candidates headed by Mayor Guia Gomez are leading against the Zamoras.
"They are bad model for the youth," Atienza emphasized.
"We need a steady mind and a steady heart. No sideshow. Look for a model for the youth who are the future leaders," Atienza stressed.