MANILA - House Speaker Sonny Belmonte on Monday said there is still no ruling on the case of Marinduque Rep. Regina Reyes, who was ordered disqualified by the Supreme Court due to questions on her citizenship.
"We're still discussing it. To be very frank, it is not up to me to make a decision, it's up to the body. But I don't like to just toss a hot potato on them, more or less ma-consult sila before doing anything," Belmonte said.
Belmonte last month said he expected a decision on the matter to be made after the resumption of Congress.
The controversy arose from the Supreme Court's disqualification of Reyes, who still continues to hold her seat in the 16th Congress.
It maintained that the matter should be left to the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal, which under the 1987 Constitution has sole jurisdiction over electoral contests concerning the House.
The Reyes issue has become fodder for a planned impeachment complaint against justices of the Court.
Reyes' disqualification will pave the way for the assumption of her runner-up, Lord Allan Velasco, a congressman of Reyes' district in the 15th Congress and son of Supreme Court Justice Presbitero Velasco. Velasco inhibited from the Reyes case.