By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas doesn’t feel betrayed despite being replaced as the leader of the Super Majority bloc by the same solons who initiated the controversial July 23 House coup that ousted his former boss, deposed Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.
Fariñas said he has already accepted his fate since “politics is the art of the possible” where in both “the kindest and the cruelest of persons” can be encountered.
“(Anything is) possible (in politics) eh. No grudges,” said Fariñas.
Fariñas was formally replaced as chairman of the Committee on Rules last Monday (July 30) with Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando “Nonoy” Andaya Jr.
The former Mayor of Laoag City and Governor of Ilocos Norte earlier revealed that he was offered by supporters of Arroyo to remain as the Majority Floor Leader if he decided to abandon Alvarez which he turned down.
Fariñas said he decline the offer of the Arroyo camp by led by Surigao del Sur Rep. Prospero Pichay since it would be against his principle if he will just leave Alvarez and other lawmakers loyal to the former House leader.
“I said no. Sabi ko, loyal ako na person. I am Majority Leader of Speaker Alvarez, I will be Majority Leader to him only, and hindi ako papaya sa ganyan,” said Fariñas.
The former House Majority Floor Leader said his 39 years in politics taught him that nothing is permanent in this world, which include influence and power.
Prior to his appointment as Majority Floor Leader, Andaya previously served as one of Alvarez’s deputy speakers. He also severed as Budget Secretary of former President and now House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo from 2006 to 2010.
Meanwhile, Fariñas said he is set to retire from politics upon completing his last term as district legislator next year.