MANILA, Philippines – Officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Commission and Elections (Comelec) celebrated the career and legacy of retired Comelec commissioner Rowena Guanzon, in a party organized by the DFA on Thursday night, February 3.
Guanzon closely worked with the foreign department during her stint as poll commissioner, as she was at the forefront of projects seeking to improve overseas voting.
Present during the event were new acting Comelec chairperson Socorro Inting, Commissioner Rey Bulay, spokesman James Jimenez, and Rappler’s chief executive officer and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Maria Ressa.
Ressa, in her speech, praised Guanzon, saying “she stood up for facts, she stood up for justice.”
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Guanzon, prior to her retirement, drew spotlight for revealing she voted to disqualify dictator’s son Ferdinand Marcos Jr. from the 2022 presidential race over his tax conviction. She also accused a younger commissioner of deliberately delaying her ruling so that Guanzon’s vote will not be counted after her retirement.
“As an insider, she had the power to see what was really going on, she refused to stay silent and loyal to a process that – in her mind – was going to hurt the public good. And she did this knowing full well that she would weather the risks,” Ressa said. – Rappler.com