- The Malacañang has commented over the call for the help of Ronald Cardema to President Rodrigo Duterte
- Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that the Palace will not meddle in the issue of Cardema vs. Rowena Guanzon
- Cardema was disqualified as the nominee of Duterte Youth party-list by the Comelec
The Malacañang has spoken over the call of Duterte Youth party-list nominee Ronald Cardema for President Rodrigo Duterte to help him against Commission on Elections Commissioner Rowena Guanzon.
KAMI learned that Cardema accused Guanzon of extortion. However, the Comelec commissioner has denied the allegation.
In a report by the Philippine Star (author Alexis Romero), Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that President Duterte does not meddle in issues that do not involve the Malacañang.
“Unang-una, wala kaming pakialam sa mga ginagawa niya. We will not intrude in anything that does not concern the Palace, so that's between him and Guanzon,” Panelo said.
“Kung meron siyang corruption charge, magdemanda siya. He doesn't have to go in the news media about it. di ba? Eh, di mag-file siya ng kaso. Why does he have to drag the Palace to it?” he added.
"Alam mo, kahit na supporter pa ni presidente, pag merong bagay na ginawa yan na ‘di maganda sa administrasyon e pinababayaan na lang namin siya,” Panelo continued.
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In a report by the Inquirer (author Neil Arwin Mercado), Cardema asked for President Duterte’s help after he was disqualified by the Comelec as the nominee for Duterte Youth party-list.
“Humihingi kami ng tulong sa Pangulo. Kapag ganitong level na literally na durog na durog na kami, baka naman pwede kami humingi ng tulong sa Pangulo,” Cardema said.
Cardema was disqualified, claiming that he was “too old” to represent the youth.
As stated by the law, youth representatives should be at least 25 years old but not more than 30 on the day of the election.
Ronald Gian Carlo L. Cardema is also the chairperson of National Youth Commission. He strongly supports the call for the mandatory ROTC being pushed by President Duterte.
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