Dingdong Dantes has resigned as commissioner-at-large of the National Youth Commission today, April 8.
On his Facebook post, the Kapuso actor explained that he filed his resignation to give his full support to Camarines Sur representative and vice-presidential candidate Leni Robredo.
Dingdong said, “I’m afraid that there is an important call that I need to respond to: one that unfortunately cannot be carried out while holding an appointive position in government.
“As I was challenged to help out in 2010, once again my hands will be on deck for a similar but uniquely fulfilling mission.
“It is for this very reason that I have personally conveyed to the President my resignation from the National Youth Commission as its Commissioner-at-Large.”
On the same post, Dingdong also urged Filipino voters: “Protect the future of this country by supporting the candidacy of leaders whom we think deserve to be at the forefront development (in this elections or the next).”
The actor also explained why he chose to support Robredo.
“I will start today by going beyond the tag lines, the slogans, the gimmicks, and the colors.
“I will start today by declaring my support for a person whom I strongly believe will champion our common interests of good governance, humble service, and sustainable reform.
“And I have every reason to believe that she will continue to do this regardless of the outcome of the elections.”
GRATEFUL AT NYC. On the same post, Dingdong expressed his appreciation to the National Youth Commission, which he considers as his family in public service.
He related, “It has been a great honor and privilege to have served as Commissioner-at-Large of the National Youth Commission (NYC).
“I consider the work that we have done, especially on the Committees on Environment and Education, to be one of the most rewarding tasks as a public servant.
“A job done with much passion.
“And all these were made possible through, and ONLY through, the teamwork and excellent work ethic of the people at the NYC, its local and foreign development partners, and my staff.”
WAS DINGDONG DISAPPOINTED? On the first part of his Facebook post, Dingdong seemed to have expressed his disappointment over the events following the 2010 elections, which he called as a “big event” like the EDSA revolution in 1986.
He said, “Sadly though for most of us, what happens after life-altering 'big events'...is another story.
“It’s just like watching a poorly-written action movie.
“We tend to doze off in between the epic scenes, but almost cry with the entire audience in amazement during action shots.
“Similarly, we love to attend big rallies on the streets or participate online to express our views, but we just sit around doing literally nothing in between to avoid these from happening in the first place.
“It’s like we have an on-off switch for patriotism.
“We feel great about ourselves being at EDSA once in a while, but then wait for things to merit another EDSA.”
Dingdong was among the celebrities who were very vocal in supporting Benigno “PNoy” Aquino, who was the Liberal Party standard bearer in 2010 elections.
Dingdong was also reported supporting the candidacy of Senator Grace Poe for president.
LENI THANKS DINGDONG. Sa pamamagitan din ng Facebook ay nagpasalamat si Robredo kay Dingdong sa pagsuporta nito sa kanyang kandidatura.