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Presidential candidates in Panama committed to children and youths

Panama City, Apr 1 (Prensa Latina) Towards the general elections next May, four of the seven presidential candidates in Panama today signed commitments to children and adolescents.

The text, sponsored by Aliados por la Niñez y la Adolescencia, a permanent advocacy group, contains five cardinal points, including the system of guarantees and comprehensive protection of that population segment.

This call to action also establishes standards to be met in quality education, comprehensive health, growing up without violence and less poverty.

The candidates for the presidential chair by free nomination, Maribel Gordón and Melitón Arrocha, attended the peculiar evening at the Museum of Freedom and Human Rights in this capital; Ricardo Lombana (Another Path Movement); and Martin Torrijos (PopularParty).

The Democratic and Panameñista Change group, led by Rómulo Roux, was represented by its vice presidential candidate, José Isabel Blandón.

The independent and former representative Zulay Rodríguez and the standard bearer of Realizing Goals and Alliance, José Raúl Mulino, were not present nor were anyone from their campaigns.

After receiving the document, the candidates signed their names and painted symbolically on a mural on the outskirts of the building, the work of local artist Ámbar Calvo, called Dreams of a Girl and which summarizes the main demands of Isthmus childhood.

In statements to Prensa Latina, economist Gordón asserted that the children of Panama first of all deserve to be happy and that is why they are a priority in her Plan for a Dignified Life, especially their nutrition and access to quality health and education systems that prepare them to be useful to society.

Torrijos also indicated that he hopes to improve nutrition indicators, one of the shamelessness of previous administrations.

For his part, Lombana advocated to prevent crimes and domestic violence, with a fixed emergency line and also the conditions of shelters, the scene of sexual abuse and mistreatment of dozens of infants, a scandal that shocked the country at the beginning of 2021.

Arrocha, for his part, announced that he will strengthen the legal and institutional framework that addresses children’s problems, particularly abuse in the family; and will formalize legal advice, therapy for victims and a list of aggressors that keeps them under constant surveillance.

The organization Aliados por la Niñez y la Adolescencia set the goal of accompanying whoever triumphs at the polls, supporting them in achieving these objectives and maintaining a supervisory and defense function on these issues.

On May 5, more than three million Panamanians will decide at the polls the new president and vice president of the country, 20 deputies to the Central American Parliament and 71 deputies to the National Assembly.

With the vote, they will also elect 81 mayors, 701 township representatives and 11 councilors, all with their respective substitutes for the period from July 1, 2024 to June 30, 2029.

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