The Commission on Elections has given due course to the application of former National Youth Commission (NYC) chairperson Ronald Cardema as the first nominee of Duterte Youth party-list.
In a resolution shared by Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez Tuesday (June 4), the poll body gave due course to Duterte Youth’s five new nominees, including Cardema, and grant the withdrawals of the Certificates of Acceptance of Nomination of its five original nominees.
Chairman Sheriff Abas, Al Parreño, Marlon Casquejo, Socorro Inting, and Antonio Kho, Jr. voted in favor of the giving of due course while Commissioner Luie Tito Guia abstained.
In a series of tweets, Commissioner Rowena Guanzon clarified that Cardema’s substitution bid has not uet been approved.
“Not the substitution but his application for substitution was given due course. His substitution is not yet granted because there is a pending petition or opposition on the ground that he us over 30 yrs old and cannot be a rep of a youth sector party list,” she said, adding that she dissented in giving due course to Cardema’s application.
Guanzon said a hearing on the disqualification cases filed against Cardema will be set soon.
Duterte Youth’s first five nominees, including Cardema’s wife Ducielle, filed their notices of withdrawal on May 12, the eve of the midterm polls. The former NYC chairperson filed his substitution on the same day.
Cardema attended the proclamation of winning party-lists on May 22 despite questions on his qualifications as Duterte Youth’s congressional representative. He was also present in meetings of the Party-List Coalition.