MANILA, Philippines — Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Rowena Guanzon appeared to be unfazed by Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP)’s threat to disbar her after she leaked her vote to disqualify Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
Guanzon, in statements and interviews on Friday, responded bluntly to PFP’s call to disbar her.
“Huwag niyo ako takutin ng disbarment ha at pwede akong magtanim ng tubo kapag hindi ako makapag-practice,” Guanzon said over The Mangahas Interviews on Friday.
(Don’t threaten me with disbarment, please. Because I could still be a sugarcane farmer if I could not practice law.)
After the interview, Guanzon also released a statement showing defiance.
“Kahit magdildil ako ng asin lalabanan ko ang masasama at mail (I will fight evil and misdeeds no matter what it takes),” she said in a Twitter post. “Honor and excellence! Fight!”
Earlier on Friday, 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.
Guanzon responded: “The Commission En Banc has no jurisdiction over an administrative complaint against a Commissioner. I am an impeachable officer. [You] people better study.”