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Guanzon to Mikee Romero: Why did you allow fake Duterte Youth Cardema to join party-list bloc?

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The Commission on Elections wants 1-Pacman Rep. Mikee Romero why he allowed former National Youth Commission chairperson Ronald Gian Carlo Cardema join the party-list bloc in Congress.

Comelec Commissioner Ma. Rowena Amelia wanted to know why Romero sanctioned Cardema’s attendance in the party-list bloc meetings despite having a pending case with the Commission questioning the Duterte die hard’s eligibility.

“Let Congressman (Mikee) Romero answer me. Why are you allowing him to attend your meetings when we have disqualified him already. In what capacity is he attending the meeting of the party-list coalition,” she said.

Cardema illegally installed himself as representative of the Duterte Youth which won a seat in the 18th Congress after getting a total of 354,629 votes last May 13 elections.

Guanzon accused Cardema of deliberately misrepresenting his eligibility and qualification in his Certificate of Nomination and Acceptance (CONA).

“I have sent a memorandum to the law department director to initiate an investigation on the probability that Ronald Cardema may have committed the criminal offense of material misrepresentation by stating under oath in his CONA that he is qualified to be representative of the youth sector,” Guanzon said in a press conference on Wednesday.

Guanzon said the CONA submitted by Cardema to the Comelec showed that he was more than 30 years old on the day of the last May 13 mid-term national and local elections.

“Respondent Cardema is clearly not qualified to be a nominee of Duterte Youth,” she said.

Under the Party-list System Act, a nominee of the youth sector must not be more than 30 years of age on the day of the election and Cardema himself has admitted that he is already 34 years old.

Duterte Youth has submitted a new set of nominees to the Comelec following the disqualification of Cardema.,

The party-list filed the Certification of Nomination with the Comelec on Tuesday, a day after the poll body’s First Division cancelled Cardema’s nomination for being overaged.

Cardema was listed anew as first nominee followed by his wife Ducielle, Guillermo B. Villarreal, Jr., Krizza D. Reyes, and Robert D. Garcia.

Guanzon said the Comelec would continue to withhold the issuance of Certificate of Proclamation (COP) to the party-list group election due to pending legal issues surrounding the case.

She said the group could still file a motion for reconsideration before the Comelec en banc to appeal the First Division’s ruling. (PNA)

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