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LP bid to pack Comelec exposed

THE Liberal Party is undertaking another underhanded move to pack the Commission on Elections with its allies through a known ally of Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, according to United Nationalist Alliance interim president and Navotas Rep. Tobias Tiangco.

Tiangco identified the Roxas ally as lawyer Rowena Guanzon, whose appointment to the Commission on Audit was rejected by the Commission on Appointments in 2013.

Tiangco said Guanzon was part of the group that supposedly conspired to destroy Vice President Jejomar Binay by resurrecting issues during his term as Makati City mayor and her appointment to the Comelec is intended to snip Binay’s popularity.

“There is a deep reason why Guanzon is the one they want to put in the Comelec,” Tiangco said. “What is clear is the agenda to demolish the Vice President in 2016. It is clearer than the sun that Guanzon is part of the inner circle of the LP,” Tiangco said.

During her stint as COA commissioner, Tiangco said Guanzon actively pursued all Makati-related projects under Binay and even berated auditors for failing to find any irregularity in Makati and wanted them to come up with a report reversing COA’s original findings.

“Guanzon is very much part of Mar Roxas’ circle. Mar endorsed her for COA and the Supreme Court, but the JBC and Commission on Appointments discovered Guanzon’s agenda. Again, we see Mar dipping his hands in Comelec,” Tiangco said.

Tiangco added that the Liberal Party sees Binay as a major threat to Roxas in 2016 which explains why the administration party wants its people appointed to key constitutional offices, like the COA and Comelec.

Guanzon was former mayor of Cadiz City in Negros Occidental and a close associate of Roxas’ lawyers Avelino Cruz and Simeon Marcelo.

Guanzon is a graduate of the UP College of Law and member of the Delta Lambda Sigma, a sister sorority of the Sigma Rho fraternity to which Cruz and Marcelo belong.

Tiangco challenged Roxas to shed light on his role in appointing Guanzon to the Comelec as well as the part of the LP leadership in lobbying for the appointment of Macabangkit Lanto as Comelec commissioner.

In February, Tiangco said the LP also tried to sneak the appointment of lawyer Joe Nathan Tenefrancia, an election lawyer of Roxas, to replace Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr.

“The LP and the Palace needs a conductor in the Comelec so they are forcing to put in their creatures, like Guanzon. They want their people to manage the 2016 elections that would favor Mar Roxas and their bets,” Tiangco said.

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