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Guanzon to oppose Cardema’s substitution as Duterte youth group rep

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Rowena Guanzon and former National Youth Commission (NYC) chairman Ronald Cardema

MANILA, Philippines – Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Rowena Guanzon on Thursday said she will oppose any move to grant the substitution bid of former National Youth Commission (NYC) chairman Ronald Cardema.

In a message posted on her Twitter account, Guanzon said she has not signed a decision on Cardema’s plea as the issue has yet to be decided by the poll body.

“I have not signed a reso [resolution] giving due course to Cardema’s application for substitution but I will dissent,” she said.

“He filed it on a Sunday May 12, which is not a regular work day. And didn’t file on last day May 13,” she added.

Guanzon also said in her tweet that Comelec Sheriff Abas only signed a resolution giving due course to Cardema’s bid, but whether he is qualified to substitute is another matter.

“But can he substitute? Is Cardema qualified to be rep [representative] of Duterte Youth? That is not yet decided,” she said.

Cardema grabbed headlines after he made a last-minute substitution appeal as a nominee of the Duterte Youth party-list group without seeking permission from the Office of the President.

The Duterte Youth was one of the party-list groups proclaimed as winners in the 2019 Midterm elections by the National Board of Canvassers on May 22.

Cardema reportedly filed the petition after five nominees of the said party-list, including his wife Ducielle Suarez, withdrew from the nomination.

Guanzon, however, noted that the issue in the resolution is if Cardema had filed his application on or before the May 13 elections.  

“The issue in that Reso [resolution] is only: Did Cardema file his application for substitution in time on or before May 13? Chair Abas said Cardema had majority vote of Commissioners. I will dissent,” she said.

The poll official earlier questioned Cardema’s age after the latter claimed in his certificate of candidacy that he is qualified to represent a youth sector party-list.

“In my opinion, if the original nominee is also above 30 then they are not qualified and you cannot substitute validly if the original nominee or candidate is disqualified in the first place,” Guanzon said in a separate interview after the proclamation of winning party-list groups on Tuesday.

Section 9 of Republic Act 7941 or the Partylist Law provides that a nominee of a youth party-list group must be between 25 to 30 years old.

Cardema’s Facebook account stated that he was born on April 13, 1986, which makes him 33.

On his FB post, Cardema insisted that Duterte Youth is registered in Comelec as one to represent the youth and professional sectors; hence, there is no age limit.

Meanwhile, Comelec Spokesperson Director James Jimenez said the Comelec en Banc is still studying Cardema’s petition.

“Iyong decision na papel wala pa. So, we will probably forward it to you as soon as we get it,” he said. (with details from Aiko Miguel)

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President Duterte attends Hugpong’s thanksgiving party

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte at the Hugpong ng Pagbabago Thanksgiving Night at the Peninsula Manila in Makati City on June 24, 2019. Courtesy : (Presidential Photo) Twitter

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday graced the thanksgiving party of Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP), the regional political party headed by his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.

The party was held at a hotel in Makati City on Monday night to celebrate the party’s victory in the 2019 Midterm elections.

The HNP supported 13 administration-backed senatorial candidates, nine of whom emerged victorious in the recent elections.

The HNP-backed senators-elect were present at the party as well as losing senatorial bets.

“Kayong lahat po ang reason kung bakit nanalo ang majority sa mga senators na tinulungan po ng HNP,” Sara Duterte said in a speech as she welcomed the party’s guests.

The president and his daughter led the singing during the event, with the chief executive dedicating some songs to Sara, and his former wife, Elizabeth Zimmerman.

Some of the notable attendees at the party were congressmen-elect Martin Romualdez (Leyte), Alan Peter Cayetano (Taguig) and Lord Allan Velasco (Marinduque).

Romualdez, Cayetano and Velasco are three of the aspirants for the House of Representatives’ speakership post. Other contenders are Davao del Norte Representative Pantaleon Alvarez and Pampanga Rep. Aurelio Gonzales Jr.

The three were also seen talking with Duterte during Monday evening’s gathering.

A source, who requested anonymity for lack of authority to talk to media, told UNTV News and Rescue that Duterte may only choose among Romualdez, Cayetano and Velasco for his speakership bet.

The president may also announce his candidate before Friday, the source said.

Masbate Representative-elect Wilcon Kho earlier said Duterte may reveal his preferred speakership bet on June 28 as announced during a dinner meeting with several lawmakers at Malacañang on June 18. (with details from Grace Casin)

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Duterte picks Cebu City Police chief as next PCSO general manager

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

FILE PHOTO: Cebu City Police Office Director Colonel Royina Garma | Courtesy : RTVM

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said he would name Cebu City Police Office Director Colonel Royina Garma as the next general manager of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).

Duterte announced this during the premiere night of the feature film “Kontradiksyon” at a mall in Mandaluyong City.

The president said Garma, who has been in the police service for more than 20 years, will be replacing Alexander Balutan.

Balutan, a retired military general, resigned last March citing personal reasons for leaving the post.

Duterte appointed Balutan in 2016 but his stint in the PCSO was marred by allegations of improper spending when the agency held a luxurious party at a five-star hotel for its employees and guests in December. (with details from Grace Casin)

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Duterte to Recto 22: ‘I’m sorry, but that’s how it is’

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

Courtesy : Presidential Photo

President Rodrigo Duterte apologized to the Recto 22 after he reiterated that the abandonment of the 22 fishermen was just a “maritime incident”.

During the premiere of the movie “Kontradiksyon,” Duterte told reporters that the incident did not result in any confrontation.

“Well, I’m sorry, but that’s how it is,” he said. “They know that that area is claimed by both. For China, it happened within their jurisdiction. For us [it happened] within our jurisdiction. We have two conflicting claims of ownership.”

READ: Filipino boat captain laments Duterte’s remark on West PH Sea allision incident

The Filipino boat captain previously expressed disappointment over Duterte’s remarks when he said the allision was only a “maritime incident”.

A Filipino vessel was allegedly hit by a Chinese vessel on June 9. The Filipino fishermen were abandoned at sea and were saved by Vietnamese fishermen after a few hours.

Duterte clarified that he is not belittling the situation. However, he said that it would not justify sending military troops to the area.

“It’s a maritime incident. ‘Little’ in the sense that it did not result in any confrontation. This not to belittle anything. There was damage but luckily nobody died,” he said. “That is not a reason to go to any military exercise there. If you do that, that’s war.”—AAC


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