Comelec's Ferolino says Guanzon bombshell meant to pressure her on Marcos Jr. cases

Ina Reformina and Jauhn Etienne Villaruel, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 28 2022 06:16 PM | Updated as of Jan 29 2022 12:53 AM

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MANILA (2nd UPDATE)— Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Aimee Ferolino on Friday broke her silence after being tagged by her fellow First Division member Rowena Guanzon in the "delay" of the resolution of 3 disqualification cases against presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr. 

In an unusual move, Guanzon on Thursday dropped a bombshell and revealed her vote to disqualify Marcos, pending the promulgation of the division on the consolidated petition. 

Ferolino, Guanzon revealed, is the ponente or assigned writer of the resolution. 

Guanzon, in an interview on ANC on Friday, said that 1st Division members had an "internal agreement" that there was a "deadline" to decide on the cases after 10 days.

She noted it had been more than 10 days since the deadline, which was reportedly on Jan. 17, but there was no written resolution yet from Ferolino.

"This unreasonable and malicious delay, for me, is because there is really an intention to defeat my vote which is known to the commissioners already on Jan. 18 because I gave them my separate opinion," Guanzon said.

She claimed that Ferolino's alleged delay and "conspiracy" with other officials to discount her vote against Marcos prompted her to publicize her decision as commissioner.

"So I released it. I said to the public that this is the reason for the delay," Guanzon said.

She noted she is set to retire on Feb. 2, along with Comelec chair Sheriff Abas and fellow commissioner Antonio Kho Jr.

"When is she going to release it? Next week, after I retire? She is aware that I'm going to retire. What kind of attitude is that? You cannot promise that you can submit it this week. What do you mean? It means that you have no commitment at all to your presiding commissioner when you release your ponencia," Guanzon said.

In a letter to Comelec chairman Sheriff Abas dated Friday, Jan. 28, Ferolino called Guanzon's action "appalling." 

Ferolino denied Guanzon's claim that 1st Division members had a deal on the deadline.

According to Ferolino, it was impossible to resolve the cases based on that timeline due to their volume. 

She added that the 3 consolidated Marcos petitions were raffled to her office only on Jan. 10.

She added that it was only on Jan. 14 that they received the evidence and other records for the cases.

Ferolino also alleged that Guanzon, in multiple instances, tried to convince her to disqualify Marcos. 

The commissioner alleged that Guanzon's disclosure of her vote was meant to influence her decision.

Ferolino asked Comelec to review Guanzon's interviews and social media posts that named her as the ponente, which put her in a dangerous position. 

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