Cardema as chairman of the NYC: "taxpayers' money, money from the youth group"

A youth group condemned Tuesday the appointment of Ronald Cardema, leader of the Youth Movement Duterte, as chairman of the National Youth Commission (NYC) and claimed that the step was a waste of public funds.

"With the Duterte Youth leader at the helm of the NYC, Spark sees his appointment as a waste of tax money and must be immediately confronted with protests," said youth group Samahan Ng Progresibong Kabataan (Spark).

In a statement on Tuesday after Malacañang announced Cardema's appointment, Spark claimed that the new president of NYC does not reflect the interests of Filipino youth.

"Self-sufficient, political appointments continue to hinder real youth representation and participation in Duterte's administration," said Spark.

"The youth organization Duterte and its leader Ronald Gian Cardema in no way reflect the interests and well-being of Filipino youth", according to the group.

Cardema became the responsible officer of NYC after former chairman and singer-songwriter Ice Seguerra resigned in March.

Cardema was already appointed on 23 August by President Rodrigo Duterte, but his papers were only released to the media on Tuesday.

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With Cardema led by NYC, the group claimed that more problems will be created than resolved, such as the re-establishment of a mandatory training corps for reserve officials (ROTC).

"Spark condemns political patronage as a tool to weaken institutions like the NYC in promoting the democratic and sectoral interests of youth and to reinforce the twisted idea of ​​the Duterte government on youth empowerment," noted Spark.

"We are worried that Cardema's appointment will lead to more arbitrary arrests and detention, the emergence of drop-out due to inaccessible education, the restoration of the mandatory ROTC and the rejection of student councils and campus publications," said the group. / VVP

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