By Hananeel Bordey
Former Majority Leader and Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas will pursue a challenge to Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez’s designation as minority leader before the Supreme Court (SC).
Fariñas is part of the group which named ABS partylist Rep. Eugene de Vera as head of the minority.
“I already told you early on, even on the floor, that we will challenge this in the Supreme Court,” Fariñas said.
The House of Representatives last Tuesday approved a motion recognizing Suarez as minority leader after an almost two-week leadership row.
Through viva voce, the lawmakers approved Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr.’s motion to recognize Suarez as the minority leader.
“I would like to move to finally resolve the issue on the minority leadership,” Andaya said.
Despite objections, Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro ruled that “the ayes have it.”
“We are just gathering all the documents because to file a petition in the Supreme Court or any court for that matter, all the annexes should be duly-certified true copies. It takes time to do all of those,” he added.
Andaya made a motion to close the period of interpellation on the earlier privilege speech delivered by Marikina Rep. Miro Quimbo as regards the House minority issue and proceeded to divide the chamber and recognized Suarez as minority leader.
SC should prevail
Fariñas said the SC had ruled to uphold the rules of the House which stated those who did not vote for the winning candidate for Speaker will become part of the minority and from which group a leader will be elected.
“Suarez not only spearheaded the change of leadership but even voted. Very clear, 14 of them left the minority to form a new minority,” Fariñas said.