- Ronald Cardema has withdrawn his nomination as representative of the Duterte Youth Party-list
- He put the blame on Comelec commissioner Rowena Guanzon for her decision
- Cardema said he made the “sacrifice” to help Duterte Youth Party-list be officially proclaimed
Former National Youth Commission chair Ronald Cardema has withdrawn his nomination as representative of the Duterte Youth Party-list.
After a public f
eud with poll commissioner Rowena Guanzon, Cardema has decided to let go of his hopes to represent the youth group. In his notice of withdrawal, Cardema put the blame on Guanzon for her decision.
He said, “It is now public knowledge that the camp of the said commissioner requested and fo
rc ed favors from us by making us believe we needed her signature in our registration.”
Cardema said his decision to withdraw is a “s
acrific e” for the Duterte Youth Party-list to finally secure its Certificate of Proclamation.
He wrote, “With all humility I withdraw from my nomination to sacrifice myself for our party-list so that the Comelec can immediately release the Certificate of Proclamation of the Comelec-approved succeeding nominee and to give justice to the votes of 350,000 Filipinos whom we desire to immediately serve with their needed
medical assistance, requested patriotic projects, and activities for nation-building.”
This came after the Commission on Election cancelled Cardema’s bid for nomination as representative of the Duterte Youth Party-list. Comelec cited that the law requires youth representatives to be not older that 30 years old while Cardema is already aged 34.
Cardema has appealed the ruling; cried
foul against Guanzon and accused her of ex tor tion. He even sought for President Rodrigo Duterte’s assistance but to no avail.
Meanwhile, the Comelec stated that they will have to review Cardema’s notice of withdrawal and will “formally inform the public of its actions, if any, moving forward.”