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Andun lang pala! Ako Bicol Rep. Rodel Batocabe poses with the infamous House mace

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Who knew that the House of Representatives mace plays such a pivotal role in the legislature’s affairs?

While the presence of the mace is used to signify that the House is in session, it has largely gone unnoticed until a power struggle emerged in the chamber and legislatures scrambled to find it to legitimize the new House Speaker, Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

With the mace’s role in history now cemented, Ako Bicol Rep. Rodel Batocabe just had to pose with it.

Batocabe took note of its significance and paid tribute to it as the symbol of power in Congress.

“Ang nawawalang mace— ang simbolo ng kapangyarihan ng Kongreso na tinatago at pinag- aagawan kapag may coup sa liderato gaya kahapon,” Batocabe captioned his photo.