Ifugao Rep. Baguilat and allies to contest Suarez's victory

Ifugao Rep. Baguilat and allies to contest Suarez's victory

- Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr and his allies would contest the victory of Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez as House minority leader before the Supreme Court

- They announced their plan in a press conference who was attended by 6 of Baguilat's allies including Edcel Lagman who previously delivered a privilege speech defending Baguilat's claim to the post

- Baguilat, Suarez, and Davao del Norte 1st District Representative Pantaleon Alvarez vied for the speakership with Alvarez gaining most of the votes

With the controversial election of Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez as House minority leader, rival Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr. and his allies plan to raise the issue to the Supreme Court.

Both Baguilat and Suarez vied for the speakership, with the former getting eight votes and the latter getting seven. Davao del Norte 1st District Representative Pantaleon Alvarez also vied for the post earned 251 votes, and was elected as the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

In a traditional setup, Baguilat, who placed 2nd should’ve assumed the position as House minority leader, but Suarez and his allies invoked the House rules mandating a separate election in the minority bloc for the leadership post.

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On the other hand, The Ifugao Rep. is backed up by Caloocan City 2nd District Representative Edgar Erice, Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman, Northern Samar 1st District Representative Raul Daza, Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano, Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin, and 1-SAGIP Representative Rodante Marcoleta in his claim as the minority leader.

Ifugao Rep. Baguilat and allies to contest Suarez's victory

Baguilat and allies. (Photo from Rappler)

They called for a press conference with Erice saying, "It's an obligation on our part to question this before the Supreme Court. Our legal team is studying our options.”

In earlier reports, Baguilat warned the possibility of an alliance between the supermajority and the minority if Suarez becomes its final leader. He said that it’s a “chemistry fatal to the democratic processes.”

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House Majority Floor Leader Rudy Fariñas who heads the supermajority was one of the most vocal critics of Baguilat’s claim.  “You have 21 who did not elect for the speaker and 8 who voted a losing candidate for speaker and 7 who voted for another losing candidate for speaker. And then all of a sudden you say, ‘Viola! The losing candidate is our minority leader?’” he said.

He even added that during the session, they did not talk about electing the Minority floor leader, only the Speaker of the House.

Meanwhile In the separate elections where Suarez was elected as the Minority floor leader, Baguilat and his allies did not show up despite them being invited. -Kami Media

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