Law professor named audit commissioner


BACOLOD CITY, Philippines—Another woman has joined the Commission on Audit, making it an all-woman commission.

President Aquino has appointed lawyer Rowena Guanzon, former mayor of Cadiz City in Negros Occidental, as a commissioner, Malacañang spokesman Edwin Lacierda said on Wednesday.

Lacierda said the President signed the appointment of Guanzon on March 8.

“It is going to be an all-woman COA commission, with (COA chairperson) Grace Tan and (Commissioner) Heidi Mendoza,” Lacierda told the Philippine Daily Inquirer in a phone interview.

Guanzon, who replaced Juanito Espino Jr., will serve as commissioner until Feb. 2, 2020.

Guanzon, a lawyer, graduated top ten of her Class (Dean’s Medal) in the University of the Philippines College of Law. She also has a degree in economics also from the University of the Philippines.

She has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government where she was an Edward Mason Fellow and Class Marshal.

Before her appointment, Guanzon was teaching at the University of the Philippines College of Law. She is a founding member of the Asia Cause Lawyers Network, Gender Justice Network and CEDAW Watch. She was also the officer-in-charge of the Institute for the Administration of Justice of the UP Law Center.

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  • magiting78

    This is unfair…bakit puro babae n lang….masyado naman api ang kalalakihan s administrasyon na to…hmmm bakit kaya malapit ang presidente s mga babae…hmmm feeling nya kaya babae tamang duda lng

    • Observer18

       LOL, Ikaw naman, Magiting, give the president the benefit of the doubt.

  • marithefrancois

    more women please

  • CheapJ

    It seems that women can do the job better (with the exception of GMA, Merceditas Gutierrez, and their ilks.). 

    About time to appoint a lady Bureau of Customs commissioner. Ruffy Biazon is not up to the challenge of his job.

    • beerhunters

      Senator Santiago was once a commissioner of the BOC.

      • UrHONOR


  • Joey

    i am all in favor of having more women at the top, but i definitely disagree with having no men at all… gender equality has to work both ways, to every possible extent. so given that the commission has three members, is it really impossible at this time to find ONE MAN to fill in the third spot in the commission?

  • lens335

    Good Choice just reading the resume. Hope she will make a difference.

  • boybakal

    Law professor named audit commissioner….

    Impressive credential.
    But in the field of law not in accountancy and auditing which is no.1 requirement.

    • Coffee Stains

      Sec. 1.(1) of Art. IX. D., 1987 Constitution. “There shall be a Commission on Audit composed of a Chairman and two Commissioners, who shall be natural-born citizens of the Philippines and, at the time of their appointment, at least thirty-five years of age, Certified Public Accountants with not less than ten years of auditing experience, or members of the Philippine Bar who have been engaged in the practice of law for at least ten years, and must not have been candidates for any elective position in the elections immediately preceding their appointment. At no time shall all Members of the Commission belong to the same profession.”

  • Melvin

    Ang galing-galing naman ng kanyang resume…

    • beerhunters

      How about Heidi Mendoza’s resume?!

  • Darwin

    What do you know. Sometimes they get it right. See what happens when you look at the resume instead of listening to political supporters and contributors?

  • Brownfly

    COA’s rule as the country’s premier government audit body should be strengthened by giving it the power to file cases against public officials who are corrupt.

    • Sandy Bulet

      I agree.

  • Noel G. Mayor

    dapat accountant

    • Sandy Bulet

      Kelangan may background sa batas, madaling aralin ang computation dahil nasa batas ang formulang gagamitin.

  • NegaStarr

    Economics-Law-Public Administration — good background for an Audit position

  • WebUserToday

    Impressive background! Good job Mr President!

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