Comelec official files raps vs homeowners' prexy

COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Ma. Rowena Guanzon filed Tuesday, July 7, a formal complaint with affidavit of arrest against the president of the homeowners association of a subdivision in Bacolod City before the Prosecutor's Office.

Guanzon, in her affidavit, stated that she is filing a criminal complaint through her legal counsel, Atty. Mark John Simondo, for violation of Bacolod City Ordinance 926 for illegal use of uniform, usurpation of authority or public functions and unjust vexation against Larry Decena, president of Goldcrest Subdivision Homeowners Association.

Guanzon's complaint stemmed from an incident on July 5 where the Comelec commissioner's vehicle was not allowed entry at Goldcrest Subdivision in Barangay Bata, Bacolod City for it has no homeowner sticker but were later allowed entry after her driver told the man at the guardhouse that they have the 2020 Homeowner's sticker.

On their way out, Guanzon said they were flagged down by the watchmen at the exit gate so she alighted from the car and told the watchmen to look closely at the homeowner's sticker but the man retorted to talk to his boss who approached her wearing a PNP T-shirt bearing the insignia of the PNP but was not properly wearing a face mask hanging under his chin.

Guanzon said she told the respondent that it was already the second time that it happened to her despite having a car sticker and that it has greatly incovenienced her.

But instead of answering her, she said Decena continued to advance toward her without a mask thereby forcing her to step back to the side of her car.

She then again told the respondent to wear mask but again he refused, forcing her to shout at him to wear a mask, yet he did not oblige and kept advancing toward her.

Guanzon then asked for the respondent's name and confronted him if he was really a police general.

She also told him that if he insists on his authority to stop the vehicle from entering Goldcrest Village, she will file a complaint against him.

Instead of responding civilly, she said Decena dared her to file the complaint, further annoying and vexing her, and told her to proceed to the police station and he will follow her there.

Guanzon said several people witnessed the incident, including her driver.


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