By Genalyn Kabiling
National Youth Commission (NYC) chair Ronald Cardema is considered resigned from his post after filing a petition to become a substitute nominee for the Duterte Youth party-list group, Malacañang announced Sunday.
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said Cardema should vacate his office after he “abandoned” his post over his bid to become a party-list representative.
A replacement for Cardema will be appointed by President Duterte soon, he added.
“The petition for substitution of National Youth Commission (NYC) Chairperson Ronald Cardema as first nominee of the Duterte Youth party-list, as well as the Commission on Elections’ (COMELEC’s) confirmation that it was timely filed (May 12), connotes that he is considered ipso facto resigned from his present post,” Panelo said.
“The Palace therefore requires Mr. Cardema to vacate his office forthwith and turn over all official papers, documents, and properties in his possession to the Office of the President,” he said.
Cardema earlier filed a petition seeking to replace his wife as nominee of Duterte Youth party-list group. The petition was reportedly filed a day before the elections, the deadline for substitution.
The administration-affiliated group currently ranks 20th place in the party-list polls with more than 340,000 votes.
Panelo said the Palace understands that the Comelec has yet to approve Cardema’s position amid discussions on its procedural and substantive legalities.
“Regardless of the outcome, we deem that Mr. Cardema has already abandoned his present position because his act of filing the petition absolutely reflects his intention to relinquish his office and exposes his desire to serve the government in a different capacity,” he said.
Panelo said President Duterte is expected to appoint soon a new NYC chairperson “who can advance the genuine interests and welfare of our country’s youth.”