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After getting axed, Andaya belittles Majority Leader post: Tagakuha lang ng attendance


Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando Andaya Jr. on Monday stepped down as House Majority Leader of the House of Representatives and was replaced by Capiz Rep. Fredenil Castro.

As Majority Leader, Castro automatically assumed the leadership of the
House Committee on Rules while Andaya was appointed as the new chair
of the House Appropriations Committee

In his speech, Andaya said despite the power the post falsely
conjured, a Majority Leader was just a mere plenary traffic policeman,
a time keeper, and a glorified attendance checker.

“While the session hall, which is the realm of the Rules Committee, may be seen as the factory floor of laws, the true assembly lines lie elsewhere — in committee rooms where policy is hammered out, by members who quietly toil for months, away from the glare of TV cameras,” Andaya said.

Andaya said as the new chair of the Appropriations Committee, he would involve himself in settling the “great unfinished business” that is the passage of the 2019 national budget.

For his part, Castro promised to do his best to fill the shoes left by his predecessor.

“I will try my best to fit his shoes. I will try my best on how to serve the House within my humble capacity,” he said.

“What I can only reciprocate to the kindness in words and deeds of Andaya is to pledge that I will start from where he left, with the intention to accomplish what he could have accomplished had he continued to be the majority leader of this institution,” Castro said. (PNA)

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