What's next for controversial Comelec retiree Guanzon?

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 2) — Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon is obviously having her last day in office on a high note. She has hinted that she might continue doing public service and even enter politics in the future.

Speaking to CNN Philippines' The Source on Wednesday, just hours before her retirement, Guanzon shared a parting message and disclosed her plans once she steps down from her post.

"I retire today at midnight with a glass of wine on my hand, and a bible on my left," Guanzon said.

The Comelec official expressed hope that she was able to inspire the youth to also enter public service.

"I wish to tell that it is with much pride that I retire with honor and excellence, true to the traditions of UP (University of the Philippines) and the principles of my family and my parents: excellence, integrity, honor, justice," she expressed.

She also called on future Comelec commissioners to uphold the values of the institution and the interest of the people, taking to heart that "public office is public trust."

Guanzon informed she was shortlisted for Deputy Ombudsman for Visayas.

"It's up to the President if he wants me or not," Guanzon related. "I am a no-nonsense career public servant and professor of law. I will serve."

Entering the political arena is also a possibility in the coming years, she reiterated.

"Maybe, in 2025. My family, the Villena-Guanzons are in local politics in Negros Occidental," she said. "Our allies there are solidly behind me."

Guanzon has been making headlines over the past days after disclosing her vote to disqualify presidential aspirant Bongbong Marcos due to his tax deficiencies.

However, her vote will now be deemed invalidated sans a resolution from ponente Commissioner Aimee Ferolino, whom Guanzon accused of intentionally delaying the resolution.

"I pray for mercy for the Filipino people, I even prayed for Commissioner Ferolino there in church that she be converted. God works but the devil also works eh," Guanzon noted in her now-familiar tone.

Guanzon will be retiring together with acting chair Sheriff Abas and fellow Commissioner Antonio Kho Jr.

Guanzon said effective Feb. 3, Commissioner Socorro Inting will serve as interim chair and will take her place as presiding officer of the First Division to handle Marcos' disqualification case.