LOOK: Duterte Youth’s Cardema attends House party-list bloc meeting

Mara Cepeda

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LOOK: Duterte Youth’s Cardema attends House party-list bloc meeting
Ronald Cardema meets with other party-list lawmakers on the same day the Comelec grants his petition to be the first nominee of Duterte Youth in the 18th Congress

Not only has Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema proclaimed himself incoming congressman – he is already rubbing elbows with other party-list lawmakers in the next 18th Congress.

On Tuesday, June 4, Cardema joined the meeting of the Party-list Coalition Foundation Inc (PCFI) at the Batasang Pambansa.

This happened a few hours ahead of the Commission on Elections granting his petition for substitution as the party-list group’s nominee. (READ: Duterte Youth’s Cardema already proclaims himself congressman on Facebook

Incoming PCFI president and 1-Pacman Represenative Mikee Romero defended Cardema’s presence, saying the bloc is merely recognizing Duterte Youth as one of the victors in the May 13 party-list elections. 

“Unang-una, dapat siya ang nagde-defend sa sarili niya (First of all, he should be the one to defend himself). But as the leader of the party-list coalition, based on the Comelec, Duterte Youth was proclaimed as one of the 61 winners of the 2019 party-list elections. In doing so, we have acknowledged Duterte Youth as a bona fide member of the 18th Congress,” said Romero.

He said Duterte Youth has also signified its intention to join the PCFI in the next 18th Congress.

Cardema previously filed a petition for substitution as Duterte Youth party-list nominee on the eve of elections on May 12. Cardema filed the petition after all 5 of the party-list group’s nominees withdrew from the party-list race. (READ: [ANALYSIS] The dangerous Cardema precedent)  

Despite all controversies hounding Cardema’s petition, the poll body ultimately allowed him to become a congressman – despite his being over 30 years old, the supposed maximum age for youth representatives. – Rappler.com

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Mara Cepeda

Mara Cepeda specializes in stories about politics and local governance. She covers the Office of the Vice President, the Senate, and the Philippine opposition. She is a 2021 fellow of the Asia Journalism Fellowship and the Reham al-Farra Memorial Journalism Fellowship of the UN. Got tips? Email her at mara.cepeda@rappler.com or tweet @maracepeda.