Guanzon to sue Cardema over bribery claims

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Posted at Aug 23 2019 11:07 AM

MANILA - Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon will file a case against Ronald Cardema for accusing her of bribery, extortion and corruption over the accreditation issue of the Duterte Youth Party-list.

"We'll file it next year because if I file it now he has to inhibit me. This guy is trying to outsmart me," Guanzon told ANC's Headstart Friday.

Cardema last week accused Guanzon of using an emissary to ask for money in exchange for the accreditation of his group Duterte Youth Party-list.

"I'm insulted with this P2 million. My father is really angry. I was already being chauffeured in a Mercedes Benz in Grade 1, you're bribing me with P2-M? You think that's enough for my family to believe you?" Guanzon said.

In the interview, Guanzon said they will file all the cases in her hometown in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental.

"Akala niya I'll be scared of him? He should be the one who should be very scared because he doesn't have money, he doesn't have lawyers and by jolly, we're not gonna let up on this one," she said.

Guanzon also challenged the former youth commissioner to open his bankbooks. This after Guanzon noted that Cardema allegedly claimed in another television interview that he did pay her the P2-million.

"Let's open the bankbook of this guy if he has P2-M and I'll open my bankbook also. Let him bring his bank book and I will bring my SALN. Show me. You don't even have P500-K in your pocket right now and you dare say you bribed me with P2 million?" she said.

The poll commissioner clarified that while she has many congresswoman friends, she doesn't have anybody who is like a de factor alter ego.

"If he had any transaction with that congresswoman he should just name her because now he admits that he committed attempted bribery against a Comelec commissioner," she said.


Cardema, during the group's general assembly last week, showed the media the supposed text messages between him and Guanzon's alleged emissary in January.

"I think he made up those texts. But if he did not, it shows January. He was NYC commissioner. So what was he doing attempting to bribe a commissioner when he was a chair of a government office of the Office of the President?" she said.

Cardema resigned as chair from the National Youth Commission (NYC) after he sought to replace his wife as first nominee of the Duterte Youth party-list for the midterm elections.

He made his claims following his renomination by the party-list group.

"How many times that he has to be told that he's overaged, he's disqualified," she stressed.

She added she also believes that Cardema is having a nervous breakdown as he continues to insist that he is qualified.

"How many times do I have to say that your wife was qualified but you kicked her out because you're greedy. That's the trouble with people like you. You don't follow the law."

"I'm sorry for your wife, really. She should be sitting as congresswoman now if not for you."