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Guanzon says Cardema’s wife can’t assume House seat yet: Ano ka sinuswerte?

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINIHNAN

The decision of disqualified Duterte Youth first nominee Ronald Cardema to withdraw his own nomination doesn’t guarantee that his wife, Ducille Marie will automatically be allowed by the poll body to assume her seat in the House of Representatives.

Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Commissioner Rowena Guanzon made that statement following Cardema’s move to withdraw his name from the list of Duterte Youth’s nominees to allow his wife, the second nominee of the party-list group, to assume the congressional seat they have won during the recent midterm elections last May.

“Hindi basta-basta file sila ng withdrawal dyan tapos sabihin nila paupuin na yung no. 2 nila? Ano, inuutusan mo kami? Sinuswerte ka naman!” said Guanzon in an ambush interview in the Lower House.

“Ano ba yang notice of withdrawal parang notice of disappearance? Hindi maintindihan eh. Ang reason pa niya doon, ano ba klaseng reason yan? Nagwi-withdraw daw siya dahil hinaharass ko sya, dahil corrupt daw ako,” she added.

Guanzon said the poll body has yet tackle Cardema’s latest motion, adding that he can’t just unilaterally withdraw so that her wife can finally assume the congressional post allotted for Duterte Youth.

Guanzon stressed she was “seriously aggrieved by this libelous statement under oath” following Cardema’s Notice of Withdrawal submitted before the poll body on Monday.

“Nag withdraw ka pa, yun palace gusto mo lang ako i-libel under oath. Hindi naman maganda yan, sumusobra naman ata siya,” said Guanzon.

Guanzon said Cardema is bringing the whole institution down—the House of Representatives—for the antics he has shown to the public.

“That’s not fair, that’s not good. Iyan ba gusto ninyong maging congressman dito ha?” said Guanzon.

Guanzon added that it’s “irrelevant” for Cardema to tender his notice of withdrawal as first nominee of Duterte Youth given the fact that he’s already disqualified to begin with.

“Ewan ko nga sa withdrawal na yan eh. No. 1, ano ba wini-withdraw niya eh disqualified nga siya. Irrelevant yan. It has no effect, said Guanzon.

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