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GUANZON LOSES BATTLE TO DISQUALIFY MARCOS; COMELEC WILL NOT COUNT HER DQ OPINION

DISQUALIFICATION CASE TO GO TO SUPREME COURT

By ROGER M. BALANZA

Because she has already retired, the vote of Commissioner Rowena Guanzon on three disqualification cases against presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will no longer be counted in the decision of the First Division, said the Commission on Election (Comelec) on Monday, January 31.

Guanzon, on Monday, January 31, which is the last working day of the commissioner with the poll body, released an undated 24-page “separate opinion” on the disqualification cases against the son of the late dictator President Ferdinand Marcos, Sr., who is running for the country’s top post in the May 2022 election.

Guanzon, who presides over the three-member First Division, filed her separate opinion, as she accused Commissioner Aimee Ferolino, the ponente who should write the decision, of trying to exclude her vote by delaying the promulgation.

Guanzon is set to retire on February 2, after 7 years as a commissioner.

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez, at a press briefing on Monday afternoon, said Guanzon’s separate opinion would not be part of the records of the case.

He said that once Guanzon retires before the promulgation, her vote will no longer be included in the decision.

“I cannot put a label on the value of it but it is obviously very important to know what the commissioners think right now, what Commissioner Guanzon thinks right now, having the opportunity to actually hear the case. But in terms of the disposition of the case, what is crucial and what really matters is the main decision,” he said.

“The ones who will decide the case should be members of the commission and that point of decision is when the main decision comes out,” he said.

The cases to disqualify Marcos were filed by Akbayan and other activist groups, the Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses and Martial Law (Carmma), and a group claiming to be original members of Marcos’ adopted political party, Partido Federal ng Pilipinas.

While Guanzon may have lost her battle to disqualify Marcos with her vote excluded from the count, Marcos’ woes may not yet be over.

Guanzon earlier said that whatever which way the Comelec case would go, any of the parties are set to bring up the case to the Supreme Court to question the poll body’s decision.

In her opinion, Guanzon said Marcos should be disqualified to run under the Omnibus Election Code because he was convicted of the crime of moral turpiitude for failing to pay taxes.

Guanzon opinion out: Bongbong Marcos should be disqualified

Ferolino insists no delay in ruling

Commission on Elections (Comelec) First Division presiding Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said Monday presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. should be disqualified from the May 9 elections as his non-filing of income tax returns (ITR) from 1982 to 1985 constitutes moral turpitude.

Presidential aspirant and former senator Bongbong Marcos visits Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia at the Cebu Provincial Capitol on October 22, 2021. Jacqueline Hernandez/Rappler

Guanzon’s separate opinion was released ahead of the ruling and two days before her retirement.

On the other hand, fellow First Division Commissioner and ponente Aimee Ferolino said she will thoroughly assess all case records before she issues her ruling.

She insisted there is no deliberate delay, in response to Guanzon’s accusations.  Read More

FEROLINO: GUANZON breached sub judice rule

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Commission on Elections (Comelec) commissioners Rowena Guanzon and Aimee Ferolino exchanged tirades over the resolution of the disqualification cases filed against presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

Ferolino, in a letter dated January 28 addressed to Comelec Chairman Sheriff Abas, asked the poll body to review the appearances of  Guanzon on television and social media, saying “her excitement and eagerness have taken over her that she may have forgotten the sub judice rule.”

Ferolino, in explaining her side regarding Guanzon’s complaints that she was “deliberately” delaying the release of the resolution on the consolidated cases against Marcos Jr., said the ponente or the person tasked to write the resolution, has been the subject of castigation from Guanzon, who is the presiding commissioner of the Comelec’s 1st Division handling the disqualification cases against Marcos Jr. Read More

GUANZON dares Bongbong party lawyer to debate over DQ vote disclosure

To cite the party for contempt for threatening her

 Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Rowena Guanzon on Friday challenged the counsel of the party of presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., (BBM) to a debate, following the disclosure of her vote in the disqualification case against the former lawmaker.

“I challenge George Briones of Partido Federal of BBM to a debate on TV. If he thinks he is brighter than me he should agree. The Commission En Banc @COMELEC has no jurisdiction over an administrative complaint against a Commissioner. I am an impeachable officer. You people better study. Let’s debate on TV,” Guanzon said in a Twitter post.

Guanzon said that she may cite the party for contempt for threatening her. Read More

GUANZON FIGHTS BACK; SNEEZES AT DISBARMENT THREAT FROM BONGBONG PARTY

I’ll fight evil and misdeeds no matter what it takes

By ROGER M. BALANZA

Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Rowena Guanzon is unruffled by a threat to disbar her after she bared her vote to disqualify Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

The threat was dished out by Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP), the party of the presidential aspirant in the 2022 elections , after Guanzon announced on Thursday that she voted to approve the petitions seeking to disqualify Bongbong, because there was moral turpitude based on evidence on the law when Bongbong failed to pay incomes taxes.

Read: GUANZON VOTES TO DISQUALIFY BONGBONG MARCOS

In the program Mangahas Interviews on Friday, Guanzon warrned: “Huwag niyo ako takutin ng disbarment ha at pwede akong magtanim ng tubo kapag hindi ako makapag-practice,.”

Read: GUANZON: COMELEC COMMISSIONERS PRESSURED TO VOTE AGAINST BONGBONG MARCOS DISQUALIFICATION

In a post on Twitter on Friday after the Mangahas interview, a defiant Guanzon wrote: “Kahit magdildil ako ng asin lalabanan ko ang masasama at mail (I will fight evil  and misdeeds no matter what it takes) Honor and excellence! Fight!”

READ: GUANZON DARES BONGBONG PARTY LAWYER TO DEBATE OVER DQ VOTE DISCLOSURE

George Briones, General Counsel of the PFP, said Guanzon “illegally disclosed and leaked with undue haste” her decision to disqualify Marcos Jr.

Briones also sought an investigation of Guanzon by the Comelec, saying Guanzon should be disbarred with her retirement benefits and lifetime pension forfeited.

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GUANZON: COMELEC COMMISSIONERS PRESSURED TO VOTE AGAINST BONGBONG MARCOS DISQUALIFICATION

Commission on Elections (Comelec) First Division presiding Commissioner Rowena Guanzon on Thursday said she received information that there are efforts to influence officials of the poll body into issuing an opinion against the disqualification of presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

Guanzon revealed that she voted to approve the petitions seeking to disqualify Bongbong.

Guanzon added that she submitted her opinion on the case to the two other commissioners of the First Division, Marlon Casquejo and Aimee Ferolino and the rest of the Commission en banc.

“I already said that, the reason is because the vote is to DQ. To knock out my vote, they think they can invalidate it by releasing the resolution of the ponencia after I retire, which cannot happen because I already submitted my separate opinion to all of them including the chair and the Commissioners,” she said.

“That should already be on the record that I voted already. My vote should be counted and considered by the next presiding Commissioner after me,” Guanzon added.

She said she received information that there are efforts to influence the other officials.

“The delay seems unreasonable. My guess is that someone is interfering, someone is interfering, some people are trying to influence the commissioners, that’s what I don’t want,” Guanzon said.

“I am appealing to them, don’t interfere so that the ponente can release the resolution tomorrow or at the latest which is actually Monday because it is the last day,” she said.

Guanzon is retiring on February 2, together with Chairman Sheriff Abas and Commissioner Antonio Kho Jr. PNA

GUANZON VOTES TO DISQUALIFY BONGBONG MARCOS

Commission on Elections (Comelec) First Division presiding Commissioner Rowena Guanzon on Thursday said she voted to approve the petitions seeking to disqualify presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

Presidential aspirant and former senator Bongbong Marcos visits Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia at the Cebu Provincial Capitol on October 22, 2021. Jacqueline Hernandez/Rappler

In an interview with GMA-7, Guanzon said her dissenting opinion was to disqualify Marcos, a former senator and son of former President Ferdinand Marcos.

“That’s why it’s all happening because my vote is DQ [disqualified] Marcos Jr. I think, there is moral turpitude really based on evidence on the law. There is, I will not keep it a secret, that is the reason why all of these things are happening,” she said.

Guanzon added that she submitted her opinion on the case to the two other commissioners of the First Division, Marlon Casquejo and Aimee Ferolino and the rest of the Commission en banc.Read More