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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

Lawyer Larry Gadon said Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Commissioner Rowena Guanzon deserves to become the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.

“I have been prodding her to apply to the Supreme Court as an Associate Justice because I believe in her integrity,” said Gadon.

Gadon said aside from being an excellent lawyer and a seasoned educator, Guanzon has a vast experience in the poll body that makes her qualified for a seat in the high tribunal.

“COMELEC is quasi-judicial, so she has experience as a juror,” said Gadon.

SC will have two vacancies in its 15-man roster this coming October with the upcoming mandatory retirements of Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin and Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio.

Gadon earlier defended Guanzon against disqualified Duterte Youth Party-list nominee Ronald Cardema over accusations of bribery and extortion of demanding money and favors from the former National Youth Commission (NYC) chairman.

Cardema earlier claimed that a veteran lady solon allegedly played as Guanzon’s “bagwoman” to extort P2-million bribe from him in exchange for a favorable vote on the accreditation of Duterte Youth.

Cardema earlier this month was disqualified by the poll body as Duterte Youth’s first nominee for obviously being overage. The Party-list law only allowed persons up to 30-years old to become nominee of group representing the youth sector.

Gadon said Cardema’s accusation to Guanzon were “baseless and coming from misguided outburst and emotions.”

“Ampaw yun! Mahahalata na walang katotohanan,” said Gadon.

Gadon revealed that he declined the offer to become the lead counsel of Cardema over the potential impeachment case against Guanzon, saying that the poll body official “cannot be impeached for interpreting and applying the law on party-list and its age limitation for a youth party list representative.”

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