Cardema withdraws nomination from Duterte Youth and blames Guanzon

Cardema withdraws nomination from Duterte Youth and blames Guanzon

- Ronald Cardema withdrew his nomination as the representative of the Duterte Youth party-list

- Cardema said that he sacrificed himself for the Duterte Youth

- Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon has commented over the issue

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Former National Youth Commission (NYC) chairperson Ronald Cardema has withdrawn his nomination as the representative of Duterte Youth party-list on Friday.

KAMI learned that Cardema said he “sacrificed” himself for the Duterte Youth.

In a report by ABS-CBN News, the former youth commissioner blamed Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Rowena Guanzon for the supposed “public harassment.”

"It is now public knowledge that the camp of the said commissioner requested and forced favors from us by making us believe we needed her signature in our registration..." Cardema said.

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The withdrawal of Cardema came after the Comelec decided to junk the nomination of Cardema as the representative of Duterte Youth.

Meanwhile, Guanzon aired her thoughts over the decision of Cardema on social media.

“Read Carema's notice of withdrawal under Oath. Ako pa rin [d]aw ang dahilan. S T U P I D,” Guanzon wrote on Twitter.

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In a previous report by KAMI, Cardema asked for the help of President Rodrigo Duterte after he was disqualified to represent Duterte Youth for being “too old.” However, the Palace distanced itself from the issue.

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. Cardema is already 34 years old.

Ronald Gian Carlo L. Cardema was the chairperson of National Youth Commission. He strongly supports the call for the mandatory ROTC being pushed by President Duterte.

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