Friday, June 23, 2017

Lagman says political parties must answer to ‘House tyranny’

Albay 1st district Rep. Edcel Lagman has challenged political parties to respond to what he described as the “vindictiveness and tyranny” of those running the House of Representatives (HOR).

This, after the House leadership pushed through with the removal of HOR officials–Committee chairmen and a deputy speaker–over their refusal to approve the death penalty restoration bill last week.

“A policy of reprisal and repression has been institutionalized by the leadership of the House after the anti-death penalty lawmakers were ousted today from their key positions,” opposition solon Lagman said Wednesday night (March 15), mere hours after Majority Leader Rudy Fariñas declared the seats vacant.

Fariñas is the right hand man of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, the man who made the threats of removal.

“Bold and decisive moves of the political parties and members affected must be the answer to the vindictiveness and tyranny of the House leadership in suppressing dissent and free will,” Lagman said.

The Bicolano politiko slammed the House leadership’s tactic of asking the political parties concerned to recommend party mates to replace those members who were stripped of committee chairmanships.

“No party worth its salt should fall prey to this malevolent scheme,” he said.

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