By Leslie Ann Aquino
Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Rowena Guanzon on Monday shrugged off the plan of disqualified Duterte Youth party-list first nominee Ronald Cardema to file an impeachment case against her.
“Eh, di magfile sya ng impeachment complaint kung talagang galit sya sa akin,” she told DZBB in an interview.
In her Twitter account @commrguanzon, Guanzon said Cardema has three options, and filing an impeachment complaint was one of them.
“I told you he will file an impeachment complaint. Is it a betrayal of public trust to declare him disqualified because he is overaged? All his moves are out of spite because he lost his dream of having millions in pork barrel funds,” she said.
On Monday, Cardema said he and his supporters were considering filing an impeachment complaint against Guanzon, who he earlier accused of trying to extort money and secure political favors from Duterte Youth in exchange for a favorable decision for the organization.
“Sa impeachment complaint, kung may tutulong sa min, sa tingin ko meron pang inagrabyado ito, di lang kami…may mga kumausap samin na pati sila dinali nito dati. Magtutulungan kami lahat ng inagrabyado nitong tao na ito baka makapag file tayo impeachment complaint laban dito,” he told ANC.
Guanzon already denied the accusations of Cardema, Saturday.
“Why will I extort money from him or anyone? I don’t need it. I am richer than Cardema for sure,” she said.
“Cardema said I demanded P2 million from him. I don’t think he even has P500,000 in his bank account. Aber, show us, you overaged trying hard name dropper,” added Guanzon.
Meanwhile, Guanzon welcomed Malacañang’s statement that it will not intervene in the dispute between her and Cardema.
“I am glad that Malacanang has spoken. Cardema has been flaunting his closeness to the President. Secretary Sal Panelo emphasized that he will not get support from Malacañang,” she said in an interview.
Cardema also respected the position of Malacañang.
“We respect the pronouncement of Sec Panelo. Nanawagan lang namn tayo since lahat naman Filipino pwede manawagan sa Pangulo pag lam….na inaagrabyado sila,” he said.
The Comelec First Division, where Guanzon is a member, declared Cardema as ineligible for being overaged, since under the law, a youth sector party-list representative must be between 25 to 30 years old.
The group then submitted a new set of nominees to the poll body with Cardema and his wife Ducielle as first and second nominees, respectively.
Cardema’s camp also submitted a motion seeking a reversal of the decision of the Comelec First Division. In his motion, he insisted that he was not overaged since Duterte Youth was a multi-sectoral party, and not solely for the youth sector.