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Former poll officials urge new COMELEC appointees to resolve Marcos cases, other pending cases soon

QUEZON CITY - Former Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Commissioners Atty. Rowena Guanzon and Atty. Luie Tito Guia call on the new COMELEC chairperson and commissioners to prioritize the resolution of pending cases, including the disqualification cases filed against Presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

The two former COMELEC officials made the statement during an online webinar on the roles and responsibilities of the incoming COMELEC chairperson and commissioners of non-partisan, pro-democracy coalition PARTICIPATE held last Friday.

Both Guia and Guanzon said there is nothing more the new appointees can change insofar as the administrative conduct of elections is concerned. There are, however, still many pending cases that need to be resolved.

“In terms of administrative work at COMELEC, that is already set long before the election. Kumbaga may compass na, it’s just a question of implementing or executing the plans at this point in time,” Guia explained.

“But ang tingin ko ang priority diyan, maraming pending cases especially those that are necessary, those that need to be resolved prior to the elections. Doon siguro magandang magfocus ang bagong commissioners,” he added.

Guanzon revealed some COMELEC officials are deliberately not acting on some pending cases.

“Iyong cases i-dispose na nila yan, masyado na marami kumita diyan. Pinapatulog ang kaso para kumita lalo na mga pulitiko na natalo na, tulog pa iyong kaso. I was the one who insisted on resolving all the election offenses cases when I chaired one time… Na-zero backlog namin iyon. Naubos iyong election backlog na pending.” Guanzon said.

The former lady commissioner also explained the importance of the COMELEC’s role in the disposition of pending cases.

“Improtante talaga ang chair. The chair must lead. Kailangan iyong kumpas ba. Pag kailangan, gamitin niya iyong baston. Bastonero sya. Mga backlog diyan grabe. I finished everything except that darned BBM DQ case,”

Resolve the Marcos cases before elections

With the COMELEC En Banc now complete with 7 members, both Guia and Guanzon believe that the COMELEC can now decide on the pending cases faster.