FILE PHOTO: Ilocos Norte Representative Rudy Fariñas
MANILA, Philippines – Ilocos Norte Representative Rudy Fariñas on Wednesday (September 12) filed a petition in Supreme Court (SC) questioning the retention of Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez as the House minority leader.
Fariñas argued that the Suarez should no longer be holding the position as he was among the front runners of electing Pampanga Representative Gloria Arroyo as House Speaker.
According to House rules, any congressman who votes for the winning House speaker automatically becomes part of the majority bloc.
Aside from Suarez, also respondent to the complaint are House Speaker Gloria Arroyo and House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr.
Meanwhile, Suarez leaves it to his legal team to answer the filed petition.
“I have my lawyers to answer on that but that’s their right. Sanay naman ako na nadadala sa Supreme Court sa minority leadership issue. All of these are not new to me,” Suarez said. – Grace Casin / Marje Pelayo