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‘You cannot take us down’

05:03 AM May 08, 2018

I read the article “Democracy under attack” by Enzo de Borja (Young Blood, 5/3/18 ). I also read Kay Rivera’s “For the word” (4/13/18) and both have similar messages, that of frustration on writing political issues.

I am not surprised about De Borja’s feeling of aloneness in criticizing this administration, neither can I take away from Rivera her frustrations because of this administration’s callousness, when she sees that no amount of legitimate criticism seem to make a difference. But, take stock, your breed is multiplying.

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I am a follower of the Letters section and I read praises for young writers. I marvel about the maturity, style and imagination so eruditely manifested in the writings of young columnists like Gideon Lasco, Michael Baylosis, Rivera, and contributors to Young Blood.

I happened to read “Sleight of hand” by Iya Gozum (Young Blood, 9/3/17). I got so engrossed chewing on every word, admiring the writer’s awesome composition and was stunned upon reaching the bottom and seeing her age to be 18.

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Wow! And De Borja is only 17 years old! Yet they ask, “where are the young ones?”

I say, “they are around.” And I say tyrants fear the young ones because of their courage, strength and righteousness, like how they fear the nuns and robed Church marchers who blocked tanks.

I ask these young writers, please continue writing. Let not their aloneness and loneliness and frustrations bring them down.

Michelle Yu said in “Let’s not stand down” (Young Blood, 12/11/16): “To our antagonists: Call it naïveté and flights of fancy. Call it foolishness. Call it a shallow understanding of reality. Crush our hopes for a better future. Say that these fantasies will never see the light of day. Cover your ears and mumble the learned jadedness society has taught you so well — but you cannot take us down.”

REYNALDO PEREZ, Quezon City

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