Youth group wants Duterte Youth Partylist disqualified for 'election crimes'

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Posted at Aug 14 2019 08:46 AM | Updated as of Aug 14 2019 09:20 AM

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MANILA - A youth group on Wednesday said it would seek the disqualification of the Duterte Youth Partylist.

Aunell Ross Angcos, spokesman of Millennials PH, said the group on Tuesday filed a petition before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) against the partylist's second set of nominees.

The partylist again listed former youth commission chair Ronald Cardema as its representative even after he was disqualified by the Comelec's First Division for being 4 years over the age limit.

"We’re moving for the cancellation of their certificate of the partylist group. They committed election crimes already," he told ANC's Early Edition.

"It’s very important because we don’t want someone like that to represent us. As part of young professionals, which they also claim to represent, we don’t want them to represent us and we don’t want to be blindsided by their representation."

On May 12, a day before the elections, all 5 nominees of the group filed their notices of withdrawal along with Cardema’s substitution as the party-list nominee.

Under Comelec rules, Angcos said the substitute for the nominee who withdrew must "prove an act of good faith."

"This is like if we borrow the term segurista. So if he will not be able to sit, his wife will be able to sit," he said. "Basically they just want to secure a seat for themselves."

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon earlier said the registration of the partylist could be canceled due to misrepresentation.

The Comelec en banc's decision, set to be released Wednesday, on the ruling of the First Division will set a precedent, according to Angcos.

"The decision will be very important because it will lay ground for the reformation of the Partylist Law, hopefully," he said.

Angcos said there is a need for "stricter rules on who can represent who" and to review the formula for the allotment of House seats for partylist lawmakers.