Too old to be youth official, Ronald Cardema now says he represents ‘professionals’

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Too old to be youth official, Cardema now says he represents ‘professionals’


Election lawyer Emil Marañon III says Duterte Youth chairman Ronald Cardema's nomination should be cancelled due to the misrepresentation

MANILA, Philippines – After claiming to represent the youth, but found breaching the age limit for the sector's congressional representative, Duterte Youth chairman Ronald Cardema changes tunes. He says he now represents professionals.

During the hearing before the first division of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Tuesday, June 11, election lawyer George Garcia, who represented Cardema, argued that no misrepresentation took place on the part of Duterte Youth as it represented both the youth and professional sectors.

"As far the respondent is concerned, there is no argument to the age.... [But] even if they will argue the respondent cannot be classified as youth, he can be classified as a representative of the professional sector," Garcia said.

"This party is actually representing two sectors: the youth and professional sectors. The respondent is of the professional sector," he added.

Among the issues highlighted by petitioners National Union of Students of the Philippines, College Editors Guild of the Philippines, and Youth Act Now Against Tyranny was Cardema's failure to meet requirements to become a representative of the youth sector under the Party-List System Act.

The Party-List System Act mandates that representatives of the youth sector must be at least 25 years old, but not more than 30 years old on Election Day. Based on his certificates of nomination and acceptance filed with the Comelec, Cardema is 34 years old as he was born on April 12, 1985. Three other substitute nominees, aged 31 to 36, also "failed to comply with the age requirement."

Election lawyer Emil Marañon III, who represented the petitioners, argued the age limit would still apply to Cardema and the party's 4 other nominees even if they claimed to represent two sectors. This is because Duterte Youth's official title – "Duterte Youth and Young Professionals" – subjected it to qualifications listed in the Party-List System Act.

"The registration of Duterte Youth is specifically representing the youths and young professionals – professionals was qualified by the word 'young,'" Marañon said.

Marañon added Cardema only started claiming he represented the professional sector after questions about his age were raised, and that in public interviews Duterte Youth was described as a party representing the youth sector.

"There is a misrepresentation on his part regarding qualifications so his candidacy or nomination should be cancelled," Marañon said.

The hearing comes a week after a majority of the 7-member Comelec en banc on June 4 approved the last-minute substitution bid of Cardema and the party's 4 other nominees

The Comelec voted 5-1-1 on the matter, ruling to adopt its law department's recommendations to give the substitution bid due course after the party met the deadline for filing.

Despite Comelec's allowing the substitution, Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said Cardema cannot sit as the Duterte Youth representative in Congress until all issues on his qualification are resolved.

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  • gotta lick itgotta lick it Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    goodbye DuDirty YOUTH,

    hello DuDirty Professional LIARS!!

  • buddywbuddyw Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    Cardema pinatigil ng Comelec sa kadaldalan


    Inatasan ni Commission on Elections (Comelec)­ Commissioner Rowena Guanzon si da­ting National Youth Commission (NYC) Chairman Ronald Cardema na tigilan ang pagsasalita nito tungkol sa kanyang petisyon na maging substitute nominee ng Duterte Youth party-list group.

    Sinabi ni Guanzon na mas mainam na pigilan ni Cardema ang kanyang bibig sa pagbibigay ng anumang pahayag o interview sa usapin ng nominasyon nito bilang kinatawan ng nasabing party-list group dahil­ dinidinig na ito ng Come­lec.

    “Please refrain from giving interviews because we are now holding­ hea­rings so the case is already sub judice,” pahayag ni Guanzon.




  • sargosargo got balls PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Cardema is over age, 34 vs the 30 year old requirement by the law to represent the youth. 

    professionals are not marginalized, they belong to the middle and upper class. the party list is suppose to represent the marginalized in our society. 
  • buddywbuddyw Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    Lawyer: Cardema represents ‘young professionals’ not youth sector



    MANILA, Philippines — The legal counsel of former National Youth Commission (NYC) chairman Ronald Cardema argued that the latter represented the young professionals, and not the youth sector, when he applied for substitution to become the first nominee of the Duterte Youth party-list.

    “Even if they will argue, perhaps the respondent cannot be classified as youth sector he can be classified as the [young] professional sector,” lawyer George Garcia said during the Commision on Elections (Comelec) en banc hearing on Cardema’s substitution bid.

    Garcia was referring to the petitioners’ argument questioning Cardema’s eligibility to represent the youth sector.

    Petitioners said under the Party-List System Act law,  the first nominee for representing the youth group should not be more than 30 years old on election day. The former NYC chairman is currently 34 years old.

    Lawyer Emilio Marañon, special counsel of the petitioners, said Cardema’s public statements showed that he has been representing the youth sector.

    “All his public statements he has been representing the youth sector and not the professional sector, he only said he is professional sector in this [substitution] case,” Marañon said during the hearing.

    Three petitioners including representatives from College Editors’ Guild of the Philippines National Union of Students of the Philippines and Youth Act Against Tyranny questioned the substitution bid of Cardema


  • gotta lick itgotta lick it Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    edited June 13
    sargo said:
    Cardema is over age, 34 vs the 30 year old requirement by the law to represent the youth. 

    professionals are not marginalized, they belong to the middle and upper class. the party list is suppose to represent the marginalized in our society. 

    alam ni Cardema ang pagiging marginalized kasi dati isa siyang professional na walang trabaho.

  • ArnoldZArnoldZ Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    A youth cannot lead the youths! That's like the blind leading the blind!

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