• Commissioner Guanzon weighed in on loveteam’s controversial pictures inside polling precinct
  • She said the two didn’t violate election rules since they didn’t take the pictures themselves
  • She blamed the media for putting the couple in hot water
  • Comelec chairman said they would probe the incident if somebody files a complaint

MANILA, Philippines – Embattled couple Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo have found themselves an ally in Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Rowena Guanzon who defended them over their controversial pictures inside their respective polling precincts.

According to Guanzon, the couple committed no violation over their pictures showing them holding their ballots inside their precincts because they weren’t the ones who took the photographs themselves.

Parang nakita ko ‘yun sa Facebook ng pamangkin ko, wala naman shade ‘yun. Ang voter po bawal magdala ng cellphone. Kung iba ang nag-picture sa kanya, obviously hindi siya kumuha sa sarili niya. Tingnan natin ang circumstances ha, baka kasi may iba pang facts pero sa ngayon…’yun lang nangyari bago bumoto gumanun. It does not violate the secrecy of the ballot,” she told GMA News.

[I think I saw that on my nephew’s Facebook, there was no shade (on the ballot). A voter is prohibited from bringing a cellphone. If someone else took a picture, obviously he’s not the one who took it himself. Let’s look at the circumstances first because there might be other facts, but for now it appears they posed for a photo before they voted. It does not violate the secrecy of the ballot.]

Guanzon also faulted the media for placing the couple in hot water.

“Apparently media ‘yun, kasalanan mo ‘yun [Apparently it’s media, it’s your fault],” she said.

For his part, Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista said they would gladly investigate the incident provided someone actually files a complaint first.

“If someone files a complaint, we shall see,” he said.