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Guanzon to oppose Cardema substitution as Duterte Youth nominee

By: - Reporter / @CMarquezINQ
/ 08:51 AM May 23, 2019
Lawyer gets dressing down from Comelec exec during canvassing of votes

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said she would dissent from any decision to allow former National Youth Commission chair Ronald Cardema to substitute as a nominee of the Duterte Youth party-list group. INQUIRER FILE / RICHARD A. REYES

MANILA, Philippines – A top official of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said she would disagree with former National Youth Commission (NYC) chair Ronald Cardema becoming a substitute nominee of the Duterte Youth party-list group.

“I have not signed a Reso about giving due course to Cardema’s application for substitution but I will dissent,” Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said in a Twitter post on Thursday.

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Guanzon explained that while Cardema filed the application before the deadline on Election Day, he submitted it on May 12, which “is not a regular work day.”

“He filed it on a Sunday May 12 which is not a regular work day. And didn’t file on last day May 13,” Guanzon said.

The Comelec commissioner previously said Cardema’s application for substitution had not been approved yet by the Comelec en banc.

READ: Don’t celebrate just yet, Comelec official tells Cardema

Guanzon reiterated that Comelec had yet to decide whether the former NYC chair is qualified to become a representative of the party-list group.

“But can he substitute? Is Cardema qualified to be rep of Duterte Youth?  That is not yet decided. @13thFool  and someone else opposition that has to be decided by the @COMELEC En Banc,” Guanzon said in another tweet.

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Cardema filed his application for substitution after the nominees of the party-list group, including Cardema’s wife and relative, withdrew their nomination. (Editor: Cenon B. Bibe Jr.)

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