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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Official Statement of the National Youth Commission on the Allegations of Commisioner Mike Lopez

Dear readers here is the official NYC statement regarding Commissioner Mike Lopez's allegation regarding irregularities in the commission. Do you think these clears the issue within the commission? Do you think that this is what the youth needs? Well you be the judge...

OFFICIAL STATEMENT of the NATIONAL YOUTH COMMISSION

We, the undersigned Officials of the National Youth Commission deny the allegations of misdeeds and corruption made by Commissioner Michael Francis Lopez.

Instead of this scheme, the Officials of the NYC challenge Mr. Lopez to substantiate his claims and bring them to the proper forums – which are the courts – for proper validation and judgment. We urge him to put his claims in AFFIDAVIT form so that it could withstand the TEST OF PERJURY.

We regret that the name of the agency has been dragged into this malicious propaganda. This has been an unjust assault to the hard work and credibility that past and present officials and staff have built in the 13 years of the NYC's existence. We understand the frustrations of Mr. Lopez when the majority of the members of the Commission decided to cut the partnership between NYC and Mr.. Lopez' friends led by Mr. Frankie Ong Bata for the implementation of the Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program (SSEAYP), one of NYC's programs. Mr. Lopez has passionately lawyered for his friends and his views are well respected but at the end of the day, it is the will of the majority, which prevails. Such is the rule in collegial bodies, like NYC. We also know that our decision has earned the ire of Mr. Lopez' friends that they are moving heaven and earth to have us removed from office.

The Commission has decided to rescind the partnership with the Board of Mr. Frankie Ong Bata because of the misrepresentation made to the NYC during the 2005 signing of the Memorandum of Agreement that they were a non-stock corporation when in truth and in fact, they were not, as proven by several Certifications of Non Registration issued by Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) – a fact which comes as a surprise in light of Mr. Ong Bata's self admission of being an officer of the Board since 1993, and later made President from 2001 to 2006.

However, we recognize the important role of the alumni in the implementation of the SSEAYP, hence, we have entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with SSEAYP International Philippines, Inc., an organization of former participating youths and national leaders of the SSEAYP, duly organized and registered with the SEC, headed by its President, Former Pasay City Vice Mayor Greg F. Alcera and byA its Chairperson, Ms. Yvette Ledesma.

Mr. Frankie Ong Bata's board is the same entity, which filed complaints against the NYC Officials when a member of their group was not chosen to head the 2007 SSEAYP Delegation. We have responded to the complaints in the proper forums where they were filed.

We know that the objective of this whole fiasco, which has been designed and continuously sustained since last year, is to remove us from office and for certain people to takeover NYC and control SSEAYP and NYC's other international programs.

IF MR. LOPEZ IS INTERESTED TO BECOME CHAIRMAN, WE SUGGEST THAT HE GOES THROUGH THE PROCESS OF APPLICATION AND PRESENT HIS CREDENTIALS WITHOUT MALIGNING THE NAME AND REPUTATION OF THE NATIONAL YOUTH COMMISSION AS AN INSTITUTION AND ITS PRESENT OFFICIALS.

However, despite these recent developments, we are still committed to carry on with the hard work that we are doing now.


Signed:

RICHARD ALVIN M. NALUPTA
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

PRISCILLA MARIE T. ABANTE
Commissioner- at-Large

RAUL DOMINIC I. BADILLA
Commissioner representing Luzon

BENJIE S. OLIVA
Commissioner representing Visayas

MOHAMMAD HANNY M. CAMID
Commissioner representing Mindanao

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