The Student Council Alliance of the Philippines (SCAP) on Friday endorsed the candidacy of Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros, who is running as a guest senatorial candidate of the Liberal Party.

SCAP president Gio Tingson of the Ateneo de Manila University said they are confident that once voted to the Senate, Hontiveros will continue her “admirable job” as a lawmaker.

“Rep. Hontiveros consistently pushed for the welfare of different sectors as seen when she authored several bills including the extension of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform, which was passed into law,” Tingson said.

Tingson added that Hontiveros gained their trust because of her unwavering conviction to push for the Magna Carta of Studen Rights and Welfare (STRAW) and bills to reform the Sanggunian ng Kabataan.

“Risa and SCAP have the same policy advocacies and we believe that once in the Senate, she will continue he work of advocating youth and student rights,” noted Tingson, who together with SCAP secretary general Catherine Calopez and other members even danced the “Hontivirus” dance craze.

Calopez of Philippine Normal University said that SCAP agreed to endorse Hontiveros candidacy because they believe that there is a need for progressive and transformative lawmakers in the country.

Also present during the event were SCAP vice chair for Visayas Patrick Ladrito of University of San Agustin and SCAP vice chair for Mindanao Ivan Samson of St. Michael’s.

Accepting the endorsement for Hontiveros was Machris Cabreros, who said that Hontiveros was very happy that she made an impact to the youth sector.

SCAP has 120 members, including the student councils in University of Asia and Pacific, University of the Philippines, Univesity of Santo Tomas, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, San Beda, Mindanao State University, Nueva Viscaya State University and Western Mindanao State University.

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