Nine-year-old tells politicians: Be 'soda slayers'

He may be too young to vote, but that doesn't mean a nine-year old anti-softdrink advocate will keep his mouth shut.

Daniel "Chip" Gatmaytan, 9, said voters should challenge candidates in the 2013 polls to take a stand against soda sold in school canteens.

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"This coming elections, I am urging parents to vote only for the politicians who support our cause," Gatmaytan said in a YouTube video.

He also asked netizens to post his video on the Facebook pages of politicians.

"I want to to challenge them to take a stand for children's health, commit to protect us children from unhealthy foods like softdrinks and junk food," he said.

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This is not the first time the nine-year-old challenged legislators in public to ban softdrinks from schools.

Back when he was only eight years old, Gatmaytan's proposal for a soda ban in schools was adopted by Akbayan Party-list Rep. Kaka Bag-ao and Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago.

The two legislators last year filed House Bill 4268 and Senate Bill 3134, which seek to regulate the sale of softdrinks in public and private schools nationwide.

Both bills are pending in the committee level.

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"Unfortunately, Congress failed to respond. I realized that I am up against big and powerful companies," Gatmaytan said.

Asking the help of netizens, Gatmaytan said voters should ask politicians: "Can they take a stand against softdrink companies?"

He also addressed politicians directly: "I am urging you to take a stand for children's health."

"Please respond: Are you ready to become a soda slayer?" Gatmaytan said.

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