Pichay de­fends ‘vin­dic­tive’ GMA

Manila Times - - News -

HOUSE Speaker Glo­ria Ma­ca­pa­gal-Ar­royo “has been very fairly treat­ing” mem­bers of the Lib­eral Party (LP), ac­cord­ing to House Deputy Speaker Pros­pero Pichay.

“I can­not un­der­stand why [Fran­cisco] ‘Kiko’ Pangili­nan, who is a sen­a­tor, is med­dling in the af­fairs of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives. I would like to re­mind Sen. Kiko of the par­lia­men­tary cour­tesy which we have re­li­giously ob­served and given ut­most im­por­tance,” Pichay said in a state­ment is­sued on Satur­day in ap­par­ent de­fense of Ar­royo.

LP Pres­i­dent Pangili­nan, in a state­ment ti­tled “LP de­cries SGMA [Speaker Glo­ria Ma­ca­pa­gal-Ar­royo] vin­dic­tive­ness, par­ti­san­ship in se­lec­tion of Batanes care­taker” and is­sued on Fri­day, said the party con­demns the re­place­ment of for­mer House Speaker Feli­ciano Bel­monte Jr. as leg­isla­tive care­taker of Batanes with Pan­gasi­nan Rep. Rose­mary Are­nas.

The state­ment al­leged that it seemed that Ar­royo has not for­got­ten the ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion of thenBatanes law­maker Hene­d­ina Abad and her hus­band, for­mer Bud­get Sec­re­tary Floren­cio Abad, in the Lib­eral Party’s cam­paign to im­peach her.

“As far as I can re­mem­ber, the ap­point­ment of the care­taker is lodged upon the Speaker,” Pichay said, adding that there is no tra­di­tion or rule on the ap­point­ment.

He said “now that Speaker GMA is lead­ing the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, she has been very fairly treat­ing mem­bers of the LP. So what vin­dic­tive­ness is Sen­a­tor Pangili­nan talk­ing about?”

In a state­ment is­sued also on Fri­day, Que­zon City Fourth Dis­trict Rep. Bel­monte said, “It is un­fair to ac­cuse Speaker GMA of vin­dic­tive­ness and par­ti­san­ship. She has a free hand in the choice of care­taker, duly con­sid­er­ing the needs of the con­stituents of the lone leg­isla­tive dis­trict of Batanes and my in­abil­ity to con­tinue per­form­ing my duty as such.”

“Since Speaker Ma­ca­pa­galAr­royo has de­cided not to take on the Speaker’s role of care­taker, I be­lieve it is ap­pro­pri­ate for Deputy Speaker Rose­marie Are­nas, who rep­re­sents North­ern Lu­zon, to take on the role,” he added.

REINA C. TO­LENTINO

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