Rowena Guanzon: It is my obligation to care for those without a voice

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Komunidad ng Pamilya, Pasyente at Persons with Disability (P3PWD) Party-list Rep. Rowena Guanzon (left) and actress Ruffa Gutierrez. (Photos: Guanzon – Rowena Guanzon/Facebook; Gutierrez – Ruffa Gutierrez/Instagram)
Komunidad ng Pamilya, Pasyente at Persons with Disability (P3PWD) Party-list Rep. Rowena Guanzon (left) and actress Ruffa Gutierrez. (Photos: Guanzon – Rowena Guanzon/Facebook; Gutierrez – Ruffa Gutierrez/Instagram)

The word war between P3PWD Rep. Rowena Guanzon and actress Ruffa Gutierrez seems to be not going away anytime soon, with the former Commission on Elections (COMELEC) commissioner-turned Congresswoman saying that the house helpers allegedly kicked out without their salaries were her kababayan (compatriots) in Negros and she feels obligated to help them.

Kababayan ko po yung dalawang kasambahay [at] mga taga-Negros din sila, inilapit sila [sa akin] at nagtiwala. [O]bligasyon ko na tulungan ang mga nanghihingi ng tulong hindi ng ano pa man dahil dapat na mas pagmalasakitan natin ang mga walang boses,” Guanzon said in a Facebook post.

(The two housemates are my compatriots [and] they are also from Negros, they were entrusted to. It is my obligation to help those who ask for help not by anything else because we should care more for the voiceless.)

On July 7, Guanzon tweeted that a friend of hers had to rescue two household helpers in Alabang who were allegedly “thrown out of a first class village by their employers without paying their salaries.”

Afterwards, she quote-tweeted the tweet and mentioned Ruffa Gutierrez, who then replied in the tweet saying that she didn’t send out anyone as she had been busy filming “Maid in Malacañang.”

Gutierrez, through her lawyer, Atty. Bryant Gamonnac Casiw, reiterated what she replied to Guanzon in her tweet, and said that these claims are nothing but “black propaganda.”

“Contrary to fake news peddled on social media, our client NEITHER FIRED the helpers NOR REFUSED TO PAY their remaining pay for six days. In fact, it was the helpers who quit and insisted that they leave the house immediately without complying with clearance requirements of the village association,” Casiw said in a statement.

“This fake news is a black propaganda/smear campaign against our Client as she is playing the character of Former First Lady Imelda Marcos in an upcoming movie,” the statement read further.

Casiw also said that Gutierrez “will explore all legal actions and remedies available, especially against those spreading unverified information/fake news.”

Meanwhile, Guanzon tweeted, without mentioning anyone: “Kelan pa ako naging purveyor of fake news? Attorney (who?) baka ka ma disbar. Careful… #Bardagulan.

(When did I become a purveyor of fake news? Attorney (who?), you might get disbarred. Careful.)

Marvin Joseph Ang is a news and creative writer who follows developments in politics, democracy, and popular culture. He advocates for a free press and national democracy. The views expressed are his own.

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