Fariñas: No rift between Speaker and me on Bautista impeachment
Majority Leader Rudy Fariñas squelched speculations that he and Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez had a disagreement over the impeachment of Commission on Elections chairman Andy Bautista.
It was Fariñas who had pointed out the technical defects in the impeachment complaint against Bautista, which prompted the House committee on justice to dismiss the complaint for insufficiency in substance.
But upon the prodding of Alvarez, the House supermajority reversed the committee’s decision on Wednesday, leading to Bautista’s impeachment.
“The Majority is getting stronger; more so, with my relationship with the Speaker,” Fariñas told reporters when asked if he and the Speaker were “okay.”
“The Speaker (and those who voted with him) and we who voted in favor of the Report, did not really have any real difference as the decision to impeach was made by us, but there were members like me who could no longer vote against the Report,” he said, noting that the members of the justice committee and he could no longer change their earlier vote.
Fariñas added, “You must have noticed that I was the one who ensured that the will of the Majority was followed, and not my actual vote. In fact, I specifically requested my colleagues NOT TO follow my vote on that particular instance.”
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