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Palace on Cardema return in NYC: No one can question President’s prerogative

/ 03:16 PM August 07, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — No one can question the President’s prerogative to appoint individuals to certain government positions, Malacañang said Friday as it defended the return of Ronald Cardema at the National Youth Commission (NYC).

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“Ang mga presidential appointments po ay the sole and exclusive prerogative of the President. Sang-ayon po sa Saligang Batas ay wala pong kahit na sino ang pupwede mag-question sa mga ganyang appointment. Nasa pleasure na po ‘yan ng Presidente,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a televised Palace press briefing.

Cardema, who was deemed ineligible to represent the Duterte Youth Party-list in the 2019 elections, was reportedly back at the NYC as a commissioner.

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His nomination as Duterte Youth’s first nominee was canceled by the Commission on Elections as he was already 34 years old at that time.

Under the law, a youth sector representative must be between 25 and 30 years old.

Cardema’s return at NYC was met with criticisms, with Youth Act Now Against Tyranny calling him a “fake youth leader”.

Asked if the President will reconsider his decision following objections on Cardema’s reappointment, Roque stressed: “Hindi po kinakailangan na i-justify ng Presidente ang kanyang appointments. That is his sole, exclusive prerogative.”

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