Ice Seguerra resigns as National Youth Commission chair

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 13) — National Youth Commission (NYC) chief Ice Seguerra has resigned from his post.

Seguerra, in a phone interview to CNN Philippines, said he stepped down due to "very personal reasons," and refused to expound further.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Office of the Executive Secretary has received Seguerra's letter.

The former NYC chair, however, said the President already accepted his resignation.

"I met with our dear President last March 5th to tender my resignation as NYC Chairperson. I coordinated with his office because I wanted to personally tell him my reason. Knowing how social media can exaggerate or twist the truth, I wanted to make sure that he's going to hear it from me. He was very understanding and supportive of my decision," Seguerra said a Facebook post.


Seguerra expressed gratitude to his co-workers in the NYC, and even to the youth.

"Sa kabataang Pilipino, napakarami kong natutunan sa inyo. Kayo ang puso ng lipunan and you must be heard. In this very divisive society, I hope you will lead the country in finding commonalities that will bring us all together," he added.

(Translation: To the Filipino youth, I learned a lot from you. You are the heart of this society and you must be heard.)

The former child actor-turned-singer was appointed in August 2016, with a term of three years. He campaigned for President Rodrigo Duterte during the 2016 elections.

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Among Seguerra's advocacies were lowering the number of teenage pregnancies and HIV cases among the youth.

The NYC head was also opposed to the postponement of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections.

"We do not want to send the wrong signals to the youth. Ayaw namin na ang kabataan ay mawalan ng gana sa paglahok sa SK elections (We don't want the youth to lose interest in participating in the SK elections). The youth deserves to choose leaders from among themselves," Seguerra said in a statement on Monday.

But on the same day, the House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms approved the postponement of the polls from May to October this year, saying the government would save on cost if the elections were held together with the proposed referendum on charter change.

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