August 22, 2019
COMMISSION on Elections (COMELEC) Commissioner Rowena Guanzon has tagged disqualified Duterte Youth party-list top nominee Ronald Cardema an “overaged liar” and challenged him to identify the lawmaker to whom he gave the P2-million “bribe” for the poll official.
“He is a lying overaged trying hard pretender,” Guanzon said in a text message to The Manila Times.
“He said he gave P2 million [through a congresswoman]. So he admits he committed bribery. If he gave P2 million and I voted to DQ (disqualify) him, then he is an idiot. Naloko siya (He was conned),” she added.
The poll official dared Cardema to prove his allegations and name the lawmaker who received the money.
Cardema earlier claimed that he gave P2 million to Guanzon through the lawmaker, so that the Comelec official would vote for the accreditation of the Duterte Youth party-list.
Guanzon said if Cardema was telling the truth, she would not have voted to disqualify him as nominee of the youth party-list group.
In January this year, the Comelec en banc approved the accreditation of the Duterte Youth, which listed Cardema’s wife Elizabeth Ann as the top nominee to represent the youth sector. The other nominees were Ducielle Marie Suarez, Joseph de Guzman, Benilda de Guzman and Arnaldo Villafranca. All five, however, withdrew their nomination, thus Cardema became the top nominee, followed by Gian Carlo Galang, Catherine Santos, Kerwin Pagaran, Sharah Shane Makabali and Allan Keven Cinedoza Payawal.
Cardema filed his substitution on May 12 or a day before the elections, which fell on Sunday. He was, however, disqualified because he was 35 years old.
Under the party-list law, representatives of the youth sector must be at least 25 years old, but not more than 30 years old on election day.
The Duterte Youth is among the 51 party-list groups that landed a seat at the House of Representatives.
Pending the resolution of petitions against Cardema, the Comelec did not issue a certificate of proclamation to the Duterte Youth, which would have allowed Cardema, a former head of the National Youth Commission, to sit as a member of the House of Representatives.
Guanzon advised Cardema to stop carping about his disqualification.
“He already filed an MR (motion for reconsideration). Ano pa reklamo niya (What is he complaining about)?” she added. “Paulit-ulit parang
(He keeps on complaining, making it appear that) he doesn’t understand our ruling. Tell him to ask his lawyers and don’t bother me. He is overaged! DQ!”
Cardema on Wednesday said he no longer cares if he is not allowed to represent the Duterte Youth group in Congress, but he threatened to go after Guanzon.
“Ang hinahabol namin ang opisyal ng gobyernong ito na humaharap sa taong bayan ‘kala mo siya pinakamalinis pero ginagamit ang propesyon at talino para manggantso (What we are really after is this government official who appears in public as if she is all clean…yet she uses her profession and wisdom to deceive others),” he said.
“Pinakiusapan ako ng ibang tao na magbigay dito kay congresswoman. Nalaman ko na lang na humingi siya (Guanzon) ng P2 million sa congresswoman (Someone asked me to give the money through this congresswoman. And then I just learned that [she was] asking P2 million from the congresswoman),” Cardema said, adding that he would prove his allegations.
He had appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte to look into the matter, but the Palace said it would not be dragged into the issue.
WITH GLEE JALEA
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