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Business Insight
Tuesday, September L7 ,2079

Cardema withdraws
as Duterte Youth nominee
BY GERARD NAVAL nominee of the Duterte Youth drau.al6led Jast Friday, Cardema said
partyJist group in spite of his he was abandoning his application
DISQUALIFIED Duterte Yourh pending Motion fot Reconsidera- to represent the group in Congtess
party-list nominee Ronald Carde- tion regatding his disqualifi cation, in a bid to ensure that the votes the
ma has linally thtown in the towel. and a new set of nominees the gtoup received will not go to waste.
Catdema submitted his Notice group submitted, where he re- "With all humility, I withdr4w
of lx/ithdfaval at the Commission mained as the first nominee.
on Elections (Comelec) as the first In a one-page Notice of With See CARDEMA) Page85

CARDEMA Commissioner Rovrena Guan-


zon as the reason vzhy thev have
as Du'lene Youth's first nominee. since the latter is a patty-l.ist for
from my nomination to sacdfice "Even with our stronq faith the youth sector, whose represen-
' not been .issued rheir Cerrificate in the Comelec en banc"rhat it
myself from our party-list so that of Proclamation, which is a re- lative must be between 25 to 30
the Comelec can immediately will side with our MR and will years old as provided by the law.
re_ quirement in assuming a seat in protect us from the harassment
lease the Certi6cate of proclama_ Cardema is 34.
Congless, of their corrupt
tion.of the Comelec-approved suc, colleague.,.,.' said Cardema subsequendv 6led an
"More than 350,000 Filipinos Catdema.
ceedng oofiunee and ro gir,.e justice voted and gave their mandate to MR before the Comelei en banc
to lhe vores of 350,000 Filioinos. He expressed hope his with- last August 13 as he reiterated that
Duterre Youth patry-List last Mav dtawa.lwill be the lasihr.rtdle in the
whom we declare o jmmediately 2019 and, until now,rva no, continuing desire of the Durerte
Duterte Youtl is a multi-sectoral
serve with their needed medical "r.
abie to take our du.ly-proclaimed organization, which means that
assistance, tequested patriodc Youth gloup to get its Certificate its nominees should not have an
seat in Congress because of the of Proclamation.
pro,ec$, and activities for nation public harassment towards me bv age Jimit.
building," Cardema said. "It my prayer that this persooal
is Separatd last August 6, Dutere
Commissioner Guanzon,,, ea1'- sacri6ce be accepted and proceed Youth liled
, He said he is vrithdrawing from dema said. no',v ro the immediate release of
aof nominees
new set
fiom numbers 2 to 5, u'ith Car-
the nomination due to their srouo's The former National youth
continued inabilitv to u...rri",h!i" dre Certificate of Proclamation of dema retained as the lst nomilee.
Commission head also said he vas the succeeding nominees of the
post in the Housi of Representa- while fus u'ife, Ducielle Marie Car-
withdrawing his nornination de- Duterte Youth pafty-list', he said.
tives despite having bien pro_ spite having the confidence that his
dema, is the 2nd nominee.
claimed by the poll bodv l^sr il4nu. Last August 5, the Comelec During the last May 1 3 elections,
MR will be granted by the Comelec First Division declared the 34-
Cardema citid the continued en banc, which woujd rhen result
Duterte Youth wds awarded .rith
public harassment of Comelec year old Cardema as beine ineli- one party-list seat after gettins a
to him being deemed as eligrble gible to reptesent Drrterte'yourh tota.l of 354,629 votes.

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