The bloc of Ilocos Norte 1st District Representative Rodolfo Fariñas asked the Supreme Court (SC) to compel the House leadership to recognize Arts, Business, and Science Professionals (ABS) Representative Eugene de Vera as chamber’s minority leader.
The Ilocos Norte politiko also urged the SC to recognize his group as the “duly constituted” minority bloc.
Fariñas on August 30 filed a petition for certiorari, prohibition, and/or mandamus with prayer for temporary restraining order (TRO), and status quo ante order against Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez.
In his petition, Fariñas said Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Majority Leader Rolando Andaya “committed grave abuse of discretion” by not recognizing De Vera as minority leader.
“In recognizing, and continuing to recognize, Respondent Suarez as the minority leader in the HOR, and refusing to recognize Petitioner De Vera as such minority leader, Respondents GMA and Andaya have committed grave abuse of discretion amounting to lack of jurisdiction by unlawfully excluding, and continuing to unlawfully exclude, Petitioner De Vera from the full exercise of his mandate and those of his co-petitioners as the duly constituted minority under the framework duly established by the Rules of the HOR,” Fariñas said.