• Aiza Seguerra attended the ASEAN Summit in Laos
  • This is her first international meeting as the National Youth Commission Chairperson
  • She met with the other youth representatives from Southeast Asia on Tuesday, September 6

National Youth Commission Chairperson Aiza Seguerra attended her first international meeting as a government official.

Together with President Rodrigo Duterte, she attended the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. She met with the other youth representatives from Southeast Asia on Tuesday, September 6, in Laos.

According to an ABS-CBN story, Seguerra narrated the difference between traveling as a performer and as a government official.

“I was packing my stuff yesterday, kakaiba to puro barong ‘yung iniimpake ko… First time kong bumiyahe na walang gitara although nakakatuwa hindi ganun kabigat ang luggage ko, pero puro barong lang,” she said.

[I was packing my stuff yesterday and it felt different that I was packing barongs. This is also the first that I’m traveling without a guitar, although it’s fun that my luggage isn’t that heavy because it’s filled with just barongs.]

She disclosed that our country is pushing for a youth development plan that will focus on education, health, and combating HIV, among others.

Seguerra, a loyal supporter of the president, previously said that she will do her best to help President Duterte achieve his goal of giving a voice to the marginalized groups in our country, including the Lumad and the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) community.

In an interview last August 12, the singer-songwriter said: “Ang gusto ng presidente ay pagkatapos ng term niya eh wala nang masasabing marginalized people. Gusto niya lahat tayo ay magkaroon ng boses.”

[The president wants that when his term ends, there won’t be marginalized people anymore. He wants all of us to have a voice.]

Seguerra emphasized that as the NYC chairperson, she wants to go to the place of the Lumad and listen to them.

Aside from the Lumad, she will also meet with groups representing the out-of-school youth and the urban poor and hear them out as well.

Seguerra also addressed the criticisms thrown by people towards celebrity Duterte supporters like her. They’re accused of being not qualified to be given government positions and they were just appointed because they supported the president.

“Hindi ko rin masisi ang [I can’t blame the] netizens on why they think that way. Pero lahat tayo [But all of us], we deserve a chance to show what we can do. And sana alam ninyo na [And I hope that you all know that] we are not here for anything else but because we want to help, we want to do things for our countrymen,” she said.