New petition seeks Duterte Youth Party-list disqualification


Posted at Sep 03 2019 08:11 PM

MANILA - A group of young individuals on Tuesday asked the Commission of Elections (Comelec) to cancel Duterte Youth Party-list as a youth sectoral party based on several grounds.

Petitioners Reeya Beatrice Magtalas, Abigail Aleli Tan, Raainah Punzalan, and Aunell Ross Angcos asked the Comelec to nullify the party-list's registration, saying it was approved without the publication of the petition for registration and public hearing requirements.

"(We) seek the cancellation of (Duterte Youth Party-list's) registration for having violated multiple provisions of the law and the Comelec Rules," the petition read.

The group is represented by ex-Comelec Chair Sixto Brillantes Jr. and election lawyer Emil Marañon III.

The group also accused the controversial party-list of acts which are grounds for cancellation of registration such as having "no intention to represent the (youth) sector" and making untruthful statements on nominees’ eligibility.

The party-list had listed former youth commission chair Ronald Cardema multiple times as its representative even after he was disqualified by the Comelec's First Division for being 4 years over the age limit of 30.

The young individuals also accused the embattled party-list of being "an entity funded or assisted by the government," saying it was an adjunct of the National Youth Commission, which Cardema had chaired.

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon had said the registration of the party-list could be canceled due to misrepresentation.

- Report from Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News