Malacañang hands off Guanzon-Cardema dispute

August 18, 2019
Rowena Guanzon & Ronald Cardema

Malacañang yesterday said it will not intrude in the dispute between former National Youth Commission (NYC) chief Ronald Cardema and Commission on Elections (Comelec) commissioner Rowena Guanzon.

Cardema on Saturday urged President Rodrigo Duterte and the Supreme Court  to probe Guanzon’s alleged extortion against him.

But the Palace said they will not meddle in the issue.

“Wala naman kaming pakialam sa ginagawa niya. We will never intrude into anything that does not concern the Palace. That’s between him and Commissioner Guanzon,” Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.

Cardema, who was disqualified from being the nominee for Duterte Youth Party-list, claimed that Guanzon hired an emissary to ask him for favors in exchange for the approval of the accreditation of the party-list group in time for the May 2019 polls.

“Humihingi kami ng tulong sa Pangulo. Kapag ganitong level na literally na durog na durog na kami, baka naman puwede kami humingi ng tulong sa Pangulo,” Cardema said during a press conference in Quezon City.

Panelo said Cardema should  file   a corruption charge against Guanzon instead of “dragging” the Palace into it.

“Kung mayroon siyang corruption charge, eh ‘di magdemanda siya. He doesn’t have to go and use media about it. Magfile siya ng kaso. Why does he have to drag the Palace to it?

“Kahit pa supporter ni Presidente, kapag mayroong bagay na ginawa ‘yan na hindi maganda sa administration, pinapabayaan na lang namin sila,” Panelo said.

Meanwhile, Guanzon questioned the validity of Cardema’s claims.

“Cardema held a presscon accusing me of demanding a favor in exchange for registration of his PL. Why???!  Didn’t I vote yes to the registration of his PL? How come no judge related to me was appointed?” Guanzon said in a tweet.