“Ronald Cardema and the Duterte-youth party list are just two of many reasons why the party list system has become a joke,” Senator Panfilo Lacson said in a Twitter post on May 21.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is currently studying Cardema’s application for substitution as nominee for Duterte Youth party-list.
Moreover, according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo they received report that former National Youth Commission (NYC) chair Cardema presided an NYC meeting on May 15, after the filing of certificate of substitution as nominee on May 12.
Panelo said that investigation that will include allegations that he used his post and NYC resources to promote iyong Duterte Youth will be conducted by the Department of Justice (DOJ).
“[A]s we have already repeatedly said: no allies, no friends, no supporters if they have committed any wrong will be tolerated by this government,” Panelo said.
“We have referred the case of Cardema to the DOJ, because we have received reports that despite his filing of a certificate of substitution he presided over a meeting subsequent to that certification. So, we are referring the matter to the DOJ,” he added.