Matatag yan! Floirendo conflict won’t dislodge Alvarez, says Batocabe
AKO-Bicol Party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe says he doesn’t see House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez losing his post over the conflict he’s having with PDP-Laban party mate, Davao del Norte 2nd district Rep. Tonyboy Floirendo.
In fact, Batocabe claims that the support for Alvarez in the 293-member House of Representatives (HOR) remains strong.
“The support for Speaker Alvarez is still strong and I do not see any change in the House leadership in the near future,” said the politiko.
Earlier this month, Davao del Norte 1st district Rep. Alvarez charged Floirendo with graft before the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with Tagum Agricultural Development Company, Inc.’s (TADECO) questionable joint venture agreement (JVA) with the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).
Floirendo owns TADECO, one of the largest banana plantations in the world.
The Speaker, via House Resolution (HR) no.867, is also prodding the Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability to look into the “disadvantageous” TADECO-BuCor contract.
Word is that Alvarez is breathing down Floirendo’s neck after the latter’s live-in partner, Cathy Binag, had an altercation with the Speaker’s girlfriend last year.
“I am not worried at all since it is a private tiff and has nothing to do with work in Congress,” Batocabe said when asked if he thinks the quarrel between the two would weaken the Supermajority, which is led by PDP-Laban.
The Bicolano politiko sits as president of the 46-member Party-list Coalition, which is also part of the Supermajority.