Rowena Guanzon Biography

Rowena Guanzon is a Filipino lawyer and government official. She is currently serving as a commissioner of the Commission on Election (COMELEC).

Rowena Guanzon
Rowena Guanzon (Credit: Facebook Page)

Commissioner Guanzon is a feisty and outspoken official. After the May 13, 2019, she hogged the limelight for her public pronouncements regarding the case of the former head of the National Youth Commission Ronald Cardema who was barred by the COMELEC from becoming a party list representative.

In April, 2020, Atty. Guanzon captured public attention for her viral tweets about the controversial shooting of retired army corporal Winston Ragos with the hashtags #BawalAngShunga. She even challenged anyone to debate with her except that only those graduates from the University of the Philippines and Ateneo de Manila law schools and teaching law are qualified.

Personal Information
Complete Name –> Maria Rowena Amalia V. Guanzon
Nickname –> Bing
Birthday –> August 29
Birth Place –> Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, Philippines

Family
Father –> Sixto Guanzon, a retired RTC judge
Mother –> Elvira Villena Guanzon, formerly Cadiz City Vice Mayor

Education
High School – Silliman University
College – University of the Philippines
Degree – Economics, Bachelor of Laws
Graduate School – Harvard University
Course – Master in Public Administration

Work Experiences
2015-Present – Commissioner, COMELEC
2013-2015 – Commissioner, Commission on Audit
* Chief of Staff, Office of Former Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago
1988-1992 – Elected Mayor, Cadiz City
1986-1988 – Appointed Mayor, Cadiz City

Books Authored
The Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Act of 2004
Engendering the Philippine Judiciary
The Davide Court: Its Contributions to Gender and Women’s Rights
The Anti-Sexual Harassment Act: Notes and Cases

Awards
American Field Service Mabuhay Award
UP Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Alumna

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