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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Rowena Guanzon: ‘Comelec version’ of Miriam Santiago

THE open quarrel between Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista and Commissioner Rowena Guanzon is bad enough. Worse is that both are allegedly linked to politicians.

Bautista’s direct ties to Grace Poe are not clear but he has reportedly been “emotional” about Poe’s disqualification case, to the point of allegedly ranting at the commissioners. Bautista was one of only two commissioners who voted for Poe in the complaints against the senators that were filed with the Comelec. He has denied he’s biased for Poe.

Guanzon, on the other hand, is alleged to have sympathies for Mar Roxas. She filed the Comelec’s comment on the cases raised to the Supreme Court, alleging she was authorized by Comelec en banc although Bautista didn’t sign and later disowned it. On being linked to LP bet Roxas, she reportedly said, “hindi ko ka-text yan.”

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Who is Rowena Guanzon?

COMELEC Commissioner Rowena Guanzon who publicly said she is neither an employee nor an official under the administrative supervision of Chairman Andres Bautista is an ex-mayor of Cadiz City and formerly served as COA commissioner. She applied for a seat in the Supreme Court in 2014 but was appointed instead to the Comelec. She began serving on April 28, 2015 and her term will expire on Feb. 2, 2022.

Opposition party UNA earlier alleged she had political ties with Franklin Drilon, Butch Abad and Roxas, all LP stalwarts.

Maria Rowena Amelia V. Guanzon, her full name, was a member of the ACCRA law office of which Drilon was managing director.

And you know what? She claims that Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago is her idol. Like Miriam, Rowena came from Iloilo. With the feisty arguments with which she has been standing up to her chief, Rowena Guanzon could be, as one radio fan put it, “Comelec’s Miriam Santiago.”

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Stories Nap Rama told

TWO anecdotes about Ninoy Aquino, PNoy’s father, that Napoleon G. Rama told about himself, then a writer of “Philippines Free Press,” and others who were arrested on the day martial law was declared:

-- While waiting for soldiers to arrest them, Ninoy said he’d go to another building to take a bath, saying “I want to be clean when I meet my creator.”

-- When the Metrocom bus was about to reach Buendia, Ninoy quipped, “We’d pass by Luneta where we’d all be shot.”

Nap Rama, a Cebuano, died of stroke last Sunday. He was 92.

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