CLAIM: Guanzon supposedly switched loyalties to the Marcoses after she was photographed shaking hands with them at an event.
RATING: This is false.
FACTS: Guanzon has denied this, saying her appearance was only as a guest and she was trying to forge partnerships for her PWD advocacy.
What the posts say
In a video posted by pro-administration “information” page DDS Watch, entitled “ROWENA GUANZON bumaliktad? Naisahan ang mga KAKAMPINK, nakipagkamay kay SANDRO MARCOS anak ni BBM” claims that Guanzon switched sides and backed by two photos that surfaced showing Guanzon shaking hands with Sandro Marcos, the son of the presumptive president, and presumptive House Speaker Martin Romualdez, the cousin of Marcos.
What they left out
One of the photos that showed Guanzon shaking hands with the younger Marcos was actually issued by the media arm of Lakas-CMD.
Guanzon later clarified that she was only a guest at the gathering. She was present to represent the P3PWD or Pamilya, Pasyente, at Persons With Disabilities party-list as part of her advocacy for the PWD community.
“Mga [a]nak, wala tayong mapapasang batas and budget para sa mga PWD kung hindi tayo magtratrabaho with them. Hindi puwedeng kontra lang nang kontra,” Guanzon wrote in a Facebook post, adding that it was important for the party-list to work with the incoming lawmakers to forward their advocacy work.
(We can’t pass a law and budget for PWDs if we don’t work with them. We can’t just go against it.)
“Suportahan natin ang magagandang programa pero hindi magdadalawang isip na batikusin ang mali. Wala akong utang na loob sa kanila, kayo ang nagluklok sa akin dito,” she also wrote.
(Let’s support good programs but don’t hesitate to criticize the wrong. I’m not indebted to them, you’re the ones who installed me here.)
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