By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
An official of the House of Representative suggested that Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez should hold over his position as head of the minority until such time that the Supreme Court resolves the ongoing leadership stand-off in the House minority bloc.
Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro (Capiz) said opposing parties have no choice but to recognize the authority of Suarez as the duly constituted House minority floor leader until the event that SC finally who should rule in the bloc which is currently being contested by three factions.
“In the meantime, na hindi nila nireresolba ito… wala kang magagawa kung hindi i-recognize ang incumbent. Why? Because the position of the minority leader has not been declared vacant. Kaya ngayon meron tayong
incumbent. Kaya ngayon kung hindi ninyo yan reresolbahin na magkasundo kayo, titingnan namin at iyong incumbent ang aakto bilang minority leader,” said Castro.
Castro welcomed the move by the group of the previous House leadership under former Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez (Davaol del Norte) and former Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Fariñas to bring up the issue before the high tribunal so its potential ruling may guide future Congresses.
“Palagay ko iyon ang pinakamaganda.. iyong pumunta ng Korte Suprema, dahil unang-una, kung Korte Suprema ang magdesisyon nito ay talagang wala ng kakwestyon-kwestyon. Immediately, kung ano ang desisyon ng Korte Suprema ay susundin yon,” said Castro.
On Friday (August 3), the leadership row in the minority has reached another chapter as the group of Alvarez and Fariñas acknowledged the authority of ABS Partylist Rep. Eugene Michael De Vera as the “duly constituted House Minority Leader.”
The House leadership during last Wednesday’s session still failed to determine who should be leading the minority which is a three-way fight between the Alvarez-Fariñas bloc under De Vera, the Liberal Party-Makabayan Bloc group led by incumbent Deputy Speaker Miro Quimbo and that of Suarez.
The Alvarez-Fariñas faction warned that “it would be a scandalous situation” if Suarez will continue to assert his right over the minority leadership despite being one of the primary proponents of the July 23 House coup that brought down leadership of the Davao del Norte solon in the Louwe House.
Castro suggested that the opposing groups should follow the advice of the new House leadership under former President and now Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, that they should resolved the leadership row among themselves.
“Ang issue ng minority, dapat ang minority mismo ang magresolba… dito sa minority eh lahat sila gustong maging minority leader. Ayaw ng bawat isa na magbigay. Kaya ang posisyon namin diyan ay resolbahin ninyo kung sino talaga ang magiging minority sapagkat hindi namin dapat pakialaman kung sino ang inyong pipiliin. Kayo lamang ang
makakaresolba ng inyong problema,” he said.
“At kung mareresolba ninyo at masasabi ninyo sa amin kung sino ang inyong minority leader, immediately ay ia-acknowledge namin. In short, dahil tatlo yung bloke ng minority, dapat mag-usap usap sila at mapag-usapan nila kung sino na talaga. Dahil ang minority naman isa lang ang nire-representa, yong minority. Pero bakit kailangang mag-agawan sila at hindi sila magkaintindihan kung sino sa kanila,”