‘No one can question Duterte’s appointment of Cardema as NYC commissioner’ — Roque

Published August 7, 2020, 3:45 PM

by Argyll Cyrus Geducos

Malacañang defended President Duterte’s decision to bring back Ronald Cardema to the National Youth Commission (NYC) as a commissioner.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque (CAMILLE ANTE / MANILA BULLETIN)

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque made the statement after Cardema’s appointment was criticized in social media, saying the controversial official was a “fake youth” and cannot represent the sector properly.

In his Friday presser, Roque said nobody can ever question President Duterte’s appointments.

“Ang mga presidential appointments po ay (Presidential appointments are) the sole and exclusive prerogative of the President,” he said.

“Wala pong kahit na sino ang pupwede mag-question sa mga ganyang (Nobody can ever question those kinds of) appointment,” he added.

According to Roque, appointing people in government is a right granted to a president by the Constitution and he does not have to explain his decision to anyone.

“Nasa pleasure na po ‘yan ng Presidente (Appointments are at the President’s pleasure),” he said.

“Hindi po kinakailangan na i-justify ng Presidente ang kanyang (The President does not need to justify his) appointments. That is his sole, exclusive prerogative,” he added.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has confirmed that Cardema is back at NYC but not as its chairman like his previous post, but as a commissioner.

Cardema left NYC in 2019 to run for Congress. However, even though his party-list, the Duterte Youth, won in the polls, he was declared ineligible to represent it due to his age.

The Party-list System Act states that a nominee of the youth sector must not be more than 30 years old. Cardema was already 34 at the time.