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‘Wag matakaw: Roque can’t keep his House seat while being Duterte’s mouthpiece – Kabayan Rep. Salo

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Kabayan partylist Rep. Ron Salo said newly-appointed presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, his erstwhile colleague and bitter rival, has forfeited his House seat in accepting his new post.

“By accepting and performing the duties and functions of Presidential Spokesperson, Harry Roque has forfeited his seat in the House of Representatives,” Salo said.

“It is now the mere ministerial duty of the leadership of the House to, by operation of law, let Atty. Ciriaco Calalang serve the unexpired term as third nominee of the KABAYAN Party-list in the 2016 elections and assume the now vacant seat of Roque, which the presidential spokesperson acquired when he was still with the KABAYAN Party-list,” he added.

Salo said the transfer of power should be “automatic” based on the Party-list Law or Republic Act 7941.

“KABAYAN Party-list shall abide by the Constitution and RA 7941,” he said.