MANILA, Philippines — House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Thursday warned of a constitutional crisis as he vowed that Congress would disregard any ruling from the Supreme Court compelling it to convene to review President Rodrigo Duterte’s martial law declaration in Mindanao.
“Wala silang karapatan para diktahan ang Kongreso kung anong dapat naming gawin.”
Alvarez, whom Duterte picked to lead the House when he won last year’s presidential election, said the High Court cannot issue an order directing a co-equal branch of government to conduct a joint session.
He even warned that he might even tear the order to pieces.
“Ah, balikan muna nila ang law books. How can the Supreme Court dictate Congress what to do? Co-equal body yan. O, mag-issue ng direktiba ang Supreme Court telling Congress, dictating Congress na, ‘uy, mag convene kayo ng joint session’? Punitin ko ‘yan,” he said.
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Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Saturday disputed the conclusion of authorities that the incident in Resorts World Manila on Friday had been a simple case of armed robbery and arson, saying it was a “clear example of a ‘lone wolf’ terrorist attack.”
In a statement, the leader of the House of Representatives said he disagreed with law enforcement officials who concluded that the early Friday attack, which left 38 people killed including the lone gunman, was not a terrorist act.
MANILA, Philippines – Lawmakers were surprised to hear yesterday that Davao del Norte Rep. Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr. had been booted out of the House’s 12-member contingent to the Commission on Appointments (CA).
House Deputy Majority Leader and Pampanga Rep. Juan Pablo Bondoc announced the House leadership decision to replace Floirendo during a plenary.
Isabela Rep. Rodito Albano III, originally a member of the administration-allied Nacionalista Party (NP), took over the post of the banana king who got his entitlement in the powerful bicameral body from his membership in the ruling PDP-Laban party and his close friendship with President Duterte.
Albano had just switched allegiance from NP to PDP-Laban, entitling him to a vice chairmanship in the appointments commission. The post previously belonged to Floirendo, also the Duterte campaign contributor in 2016.
Zamboanga del Norte Rep. Seth Frederick Jalosjos, another NP nominee, replaced Albano.
Occidental Mindoro Rep. Josephine Ramirez Sato of the Liberal Party has been retained in accordance with the agreement by the majority coalition on party representation or allocation in the CA, which is composed of 12 congressmen and 12 senators.
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Floirendo have been at odds since October 2016 after their girlfriends had a squabble. Their misunderstanding worsened when Alvarez initiated a House inquiry on the alleged anomaly involving his former buddy’s banana plantation’s deal with the government.
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TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte – For Davao del Norte 2nd district Representative Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr., politics was House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez’s motivation for suing him for graft over his family’s banana business deal with the Bureau of Corrections (Bucor).
But for Floirendo’s common-law-wife, Cathy Binag, the kink in the relationship of the two Duterte allies started when Alvarez’s wife, Emily, and their children ran to them for help over the Speaker’s reported womanizing.
Floirendo and Alvarez had always been the best of friends. In the 2016 elections, Floirendo bankrolled Alvarez’s campaign for the congressional seat of Davao del Norte’s 1st district. He also aggressively backed him up for the speakership.