Actor-singer Aiza Seguerra has resigned as chairperson of the National Youth Commission (NYC), Malacañang said Tuesday.
At a press briefing, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque confirmed that the Office of the Executive Secretary has already received the resignation letter of Seguerra.
Seguerra later took to Facebook to shed light on 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 said.
The outgoing NYC chairperson said Duterte was "very understanding and supportive" of his decision.
"Para siyang tatay. Nakinig, inintindi at pinalakas ang loob ko. I told him how much I valued his trust and how this experience made me appreciate public service and our public servants," he said.
Seguerra did not say what prompted him to quit although reports said he had issues with bureaucratic red tape.
"Sa pagkakataong ito, gusto ko magpasalamat sa inyong lahat. Sa mga kasamahan ko sa komisyon, sa OCS, at sa lahat ng mga ahensiyang nakatrabaho ko for the past year and half. Thank you for believing in me and for making my chairmanship, as short as it may have been, one of the most unforgettable experiences of my life," he said.
"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. Be kind, always."
Seguerra, along with his wife, Film Development Council of the Philippines chairman Liza Diño-Seguerra, had campaigned for Duterte’s presidential bid in 2016.
Seguerra was appointed to the NYC in August 2016.
During his stint as NYC chief, Seguerra pushed for HIV awareness and youth representation in government.
He even urged Duterte to stop making rape jokes. —KBK, GMA News