- The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) is being shaken as there is presence of internal conflicts among the high-ranking leaders
- It started when a strong-worded 16 point joint memorandum was filed by six (6) commissioners against COMELEC Chair Andres Bautista, who earlier announced that he will not resign
- Commissioner Rowena Guanzon slammed Bautista yet again
COMELEC Commissioner Rowena Guanzon hit Chairman Andres Bautista for not having the appropriate attitude as the leader of the poll body.
"Ang stance niya ganito, 'Ako chairman dito. Ako ang boss. Bakit ako hihingi ng authority sa kanila?' Ang isyu lang, dapat tanggapin ni (Chairman Bautista) na collegial body kami," Guanzon said.
(His stance is like this: I am the chairman here. I am the boss. Why will I ask authority from them? The issue here is Chairman Bautista should accept that we are a collegial body.)
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Guanzon also said that Bautista leaving for Japan was in violation of the rules of the poll body since he did so with the travel authority from the COMELEC en Banc.
"Ayaw ni Commissioner Christian Lim na pumirma ng travel authority niya. Sabi ni Commissioner Lim, dapat en banc na ang nagpipirma ng kanyang travel authority, kaya umalis siya nang hindi nagpaalam kasi ayaw niya na humingi sa amin ng authority," Guanzon said.
(Commissioner Christian Lim does not like to sign his travel authority. According to Commissioner Lim, it should be the en banc which should sign his travel authority, so he went on without permission because he does not like to ask authority from us.)
The commissioner even challenged Bautista to run the approaching Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) and barangay elections alone.
"It’s about time that Chairman Bautista runs the elections. You know, it’s better that he does it all by himself because you can give credit where credit is due," Guanzon said.
Earlier, Bautista denied his alleged ‘failure of leadership’ and rather claimed its victory.
"I am not thinking of leaving my post at this point in time at all because I did not do anything wrong. The past election is a clear proof that the Comelec can hold an orderly, successful, and peaceful election," Bautista said.
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