As SC rejects suit vs her proclamation
THE Supreme Court has junked a petition questioning the legality of the proclamation of Ronald Cardema’s wife Ducielle as representative of the Duterte Youth party-list.
This means that Ducielle will keep her post.
“The court resolved to dismiss the petition for failure to sufficiently show that the Commission on Elections (comelec) committed grave abuse of discretion in rendering the challenged minute resolutions which, on the contrary, appear to be in accord with the facts and applicable law and jurisprudence,” the SC said.
In a petition, youth leaders claimed that allowing the proclamation of Ducielle was unconstitutional and an absolute mockery of the party-list system in the country.
Also, they asked the high court to declare as void ab initio Comelec Resolution No. 20-0382 for having been issued with grave abuse of discretion inasmuch the petition they first filed, which sought to cancel the certificate of registration of Duterte Youth, remains pending before the Comelec
“This brazen accommodation of the seemingly sacred Duterte Youth is the most unconstitutional act ever done by Comelec in its 80-year history. This constitutes grave abuse of discretion amounting to lack or excess of jurisdiction,” the groups said.
Comelec Chairman Sheriff Abas said the commission has already granted the issuance of a certificate of the proclamation to Ducielle Cardema.
“Last two weeks ago, we already granted ‘yung pag-issue ng certificate of a proclamation to the party-list Duterte Youth with the name of Ducielle Cardema as the representative, finally,” he said during the House deliberations on Comelec’s 2021 budget.
“May apat na (commissioners) na nakapirma diyan so hopefully makaka-release kami ng certificate of proclamation within the week,” he added.
Without a COP, the first nominee of a winning party-list group cannot take his or her oath as an official member of the House.
In the 2019 elections, Duterte Youth won one seat in Congress but it has yet to have a representative in the House since there were several resolutions challenging the validity of its nominees and party registration.
The Comelec 1st Division has canceled the nomination of former National Youth Commission chair Ronald Cardema as Duterte Youth’s 1st nominee as the 34-year-old was deemed ineligible to be a youth representative.