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Comelec exec challenges Escudero to a showdown in Supreme Court

/ 09:46 AM January 11, 2016
Escudero Guanzon

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon is challenging Senator Francis ‘Chiz’ Escudero to a showdown in the Supreme Court regarding the disqualification cases of Senator Grace Poe. INQUIRER FILES

Commission on Elections (Comelec) commissioner Rowena Guanzon lashed out Monday at vice presidential aspirant Senator Francis Escudero after he said that the commissioner was a “threat to democracy.”

In a statement she posted on her Twitter account, Guanzon challenged Escudero to a showdown before the Supreme Court.

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She also dared Escudero, a lawyer, to defend Poe in her pleadings before the high tribunal.

READ: Escudero: Comelec exec a threat to democracy

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“Chiz Escudero should be lawyer of Grace Poe. Magkita kami sa SC (Let’s face each other at the Supreme Court),” Guanzon said.

“Chiz Escudero if you are such a good lawyer why don’t you lawyer for Grace Poe. See you in the SC,” she said in a separate tweet.

Escudero on Sunday called out Guanzon for being defiant against the directive of Comelec Chair Andres Bautitsa asking her to explain the filing of an allegedly unauthorized comment on the pleadings of Poe before the SC to overturn the two decisions of the Comelec seeking to disqualify her from the 2016 elections.

“Even assuming arguendo that she is not a subordinate of the Chairman as she claims, the Comelec is a collegial body that always acts collectively, and not individually. This validates our observation that Commissioner Guanzon is threat to our democracy and the conduct of elections come May,” Escudero said.

READ: Guanzon acts unauthorized, says Bautista

Guanzon, on her part, maintained that she had the authority to file the comment, adding that the filing “had the imprimatur of the Comelec en banc.”

The full commission is expected to address the filing of the “unauthorized” comment on Monday, January 11, in a special meeting.

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