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Squatter in Batasan? Andaya can’t force Fariñas to vacate Majority Leader office, takes PLLO office for now — report

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A silent stand-off is reportedly taking place in the Lower House as former Majority Floor Leader Rodofo Fariñas (Ilocos Norte) wants to remain in his office despite being replaced in the leadership change last month.

A reliable source told Politiko that incumbent Majority Floor Leader Rolando “Nonoy” Andaya Jr. was forced to hold office in the room supposedly assigned to the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office (PLLO) since the Office of the Majority Floor Leader is still being occupied by Fariñas, more than a month after being relieved.

The source said with barely nine months remaining in his term, Fariñas and his staff have reportedly appealed to new House leadership if they could stay in the office since renovation of the room cost the lawmaker a huge amount of money.

The Office of the House Majority Floor leader is located at the Ground Floor-North Wing of Batasang Pambansa Complex, just below the office of House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Andaya reportedly has been yearning to hold office in the said room since it’s the traditional area designated for the head of the Committee on Rules, and Fariñas was already given enough time to move out from that office.

The source further revealed that Fariñas has another office allotment located in the South Wing Annex Building, his room assignment as a regular member of the House of Representatives.

Due to the incident, the PLLO has also been compelled to transfer office and currently holding transaction in the third of the Lower House’s main building.

The PLLO together with Congressional Spouses Foundation Inc. (CFSI) were expelled from the premises of the Batasan Complex in 2017 upon the orders of the previous house leadership, citing the need for office space.