Alvarez, Floirendo feud a 'personal matter': Palace

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 31 2017 02:48 PM

The Palace on Friday said it will "not interfere" with the feud of two administration allies in the House of Representatives.

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez filed a complaint at the Ombudsman against Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo, Jr. for graft over the government's allegedly anomalous lease of land to a firm "wholly owned" by the Floirendo family.

Floirendo had countered that their feud stems from rumors he was behind plots to oust Alvarez as speaker.

"This is a personal matter between two men... It's a matter they should settle between themselves," presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella told reporters.

Marital woes and an altercation between the girlfriends of the two lawmakers were also thrown into the brew after Cathy Binag, Floirendo's partner, released a statement to confirm reports of a cat fight.

Alvarez's family asked Binag to "stop dragging" them into her "personal issues."

Alvarez and Floirendo are both members of Duterte's Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).

The two lawmakers have supposedly been bosom friends since their days as neophyte representatives of their respective Davao districts.