Sam Milby answers criticism against his appointment as DepEd's Youth Spokesperson and Role Model

Sep 17, 2008
"I think they should ask DepEd and I hope they'll be able to get the reason why they chose me, and I'm sure they have different criteria. I'm here to support and I'll do anything I can do just to help and encourage youth," says Sam Milby when asked about criticism by some sectors on his being DepEd's Youth Spokesperson and Role Model.

Sa pagkakapili kay Sam Milby ng Department of Education (DepEd) bilang Youth Spokesperson and Role Model, sa 6th National Leadership Training for Student Government Officers (NLTSGO) na ginanap sa Baguio City noong nakaraang linggo—may bumatikos agad sa Fil-Am singer-actor kaugnay ng nasabing karangalan at responsibilidad.

Balitang umalma ang Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT). Kinukuwestiyon nito ang kuwalipikasyon ni Sam: hindi siya bihasa sa wikang Filipino at hindi nakapagtapos ng pag-aaral.

Nakausap ng PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) si Sam sa dressing room ng ASAP '08 last September 12. Agad namin siyang hiningan ng reaksiyon tungkol sa kuwestiyon ng pagkakapili sa kanya ng DepEd.

"I think they should ask DepEd and I hope they'll be able to get the reason why they chose me, and I'm sure they have different criteria. I'm here to support and I'll do anything I can do just to help and encourage youth," nakangiting pahayag ni Sam.

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Sinabi ba sa kanya ng DepEd kung bakit siya ang piniling Youth Spokesperson at Role Model?

"Hindi, actually they don't really tell me kung bakit," sabi niya. "Ako, I tried my best to speak Filipio fluently and I can say, slowly, I'm learning the language. About my educational attainment, even though I'm not a college graduate, I do plan to go back to school. Kaya lang, I don't have time right now. I finished my first year college in Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and I took up Computer Engineering."

Ayon kay Sam, as role model ng mga kabataan, isa sa ipo-promote nila ay ang anti-smoking and anti-drugs. Honestly, Sam admitted that he used to smoke, pero natigil na niya ito, and drugs are a no-no for him. Kahit pa nga naging isyu na kaya raw siya mukhang ngarag ngayon ay dahil involved daw siya sa ganitong bisyo.

"I smoke sa role ko sa indie film na ginagawa ko ngayon, sa Cul de Sac, but sa role ko lang. I used to smoke before, dati nung PBB [Pinoy Big Brother] days but I quit smoking after that.

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"I'm 'No' to drugs at all, I will never do that. ‘Pag kasi wala kang tulog, you will really look haggard, but ganyan talaga. That's part of showbiz na you'll lack sleep because of work. Good thing hindi na masyado ngayon. Before kasi, I'm doing movies, ‘tapos I have teleseryes. But ngayon, mas okey na," pagtatapos ni Sam.
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"I think they should ask DepEd and I hope they'll be able to get the reason why they chose me, and I'm sure they have different criteria. I'm here to support and I'll do anything I can do just to help and encourage youth," says Sam Milby when asked about criticism by some sectors on his being DepEd's Youth Spokesperson and Role Model.
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