Chiz Escudero asks: ‘Who is Guanzon lawyering for?’

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  • Sen. Chiz Escudero asked “who is Guanzon lawyering for?”
  • The senator raised the question after COMELEC commissioner Rowena Guanzon dared him to defend Poe at SC
  • Escudero assured he can and he will defend Poe in the bar of public opinion but he can’t represent her as the Constitution denotes

After Commission on Elections (COMELEC) commissioner Rowena Guanzon dared Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero to defend Sen. Grace Poe at the Supreme Court, the vice presidential aspirant asked a pointed question to the election executive which goes: “Who is she lawyering for?”

Responding to the COMELEC commissioner’s statement, Escudero stressed he can and he is willing to defend Sen. Grace Poe.

I can and will of course defend Senator Grace in the bar of public opinion. I cannot, however, represent her because I am prohibited by the Constitution from appearing before any court or tribunal (as a very “good lawyer, she should know this),” Escudero was quoted in an article written by Maila Ager on Philippine Daily Inquirer dated January 11.

In addition, Escudero said Sen. Poe has better lawyers than him who are currently representing her.

But I throw the question back at her. She cannot and should not be the lawyer of anyone and clearly, she was not authorized by the COMELEC and did not represent the COMELEC when she filed HER comment, so who was she representing or lawyering for?” the senator said on interview with Inquirer.

Sen. Escudero was apparently referring to the COMELEC comment filed by Guanzon at the Supreme Court, which was questioned by COMELEC chair Andres Bautista wherein Bautista said the comment was not authorized by the en banc.

“Elections should not only be clean, honest and peaceful, it should also be fair and credible,” said Escudero.

In addition to this, Escudero said :“I hope Commissioner Guanzon will henceforth stop and avoid any and all moves or statements that tend to show bias, not necessarily in favor of another candidate but, against a candidate… against Sen Poe. The bullying has to stop.”

Earlier, Sen. Escudero called Guanzon a “threat to democracy” after she made a defiant stand against the COMELEC chair’s directive to explain the filing of an unauthorized comment on Poe’s petitions at the SC.

Sen. Poe is asking the high tribunal to reverse the COMELEC’s decision canceling her certificate of candidacy (COC) for president due to citizenship and residency issues.