By: Elena Grace Flores
UNTV News and Rescue
Media Propaganda of Guanzon
Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon leaks her dissenting opinion to GMA recently with all the negative notions about Bongbong Marcos. The first division has two other members – Aimee Ferolino and Marlon Casquejo. However, due perhaps to the other two going against Guanzon to disqualify Marcos, she squeals to the media. This is clearly another media propaganda.
Comelec’s Subjudicial Rule
The subjudicial rule of the Comelec dictates that the ponente only announces the ruling of the case after the en banc voting that results to a ruling. However, Guanzon seems to be very disturbed to make her own decision public before her retirement on February 2, 2022. On top of that, she implies that someone tries to bribe, threaten, or seduce her.
No Moral Turpitude in BBM’s Case
As a public official, BBM’s salary was automatically deducted for the withholding taxes by the provincial government of Ilocos Norte. He did pay taxes. But ccording to the BIR, there’s a deficiency. Only the BIR can determine the correct tax payable. So, the honest interpretation of the taxpayer may sometimes differ from it. It is not tax evasion.
BBM was not able to contest the assessment because he was no longer in the Philippines when it came out. Although the Court of Appeals rules that there’s no tax evasion. Moral turpitude does not apply here contrary to Guanzon’s reasoning that is purely media propaganda.