MANILA - After drawing flak on social media, ACTS OFW party-list Rep. John Bertiz on Monday said his much-publicized security row with an airport personnel was a wake up call.
In a press conference, Bertiz admitted that he should have complained to the proper authorities instead of confiscating the ID of the security officer at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
The lawmaker apologized anew and admitted that in some instances, his fragile nature, work stress and "monthly period" get the better of him.
"Once a year na medyo dapuan po tayo ng monthly period, di ko na rin po maiiaalis na tao lang po, na marupok at umiinit ang ulo—naiistress din sa trabaho," he said.
(Once a year, we get this monthly period. I'm just human, fragile. I get hot-headed and stressed from work.)
"Ito po ay isang wake up call para sa aming mga empleyado ng gobyerno... Hindi rin tama na mag-asal tayo tulad din ng aking ginawa sa airport," he added.
(This is a wake-up call for us government employees. It's not right to act like I did in the airport.)
The lawmaker, who described his actions as "uncalled for," said he is willing to submit himself to any investigation.
House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez earlier said they might file an ethics case against Bertiz. The Office of Transportation Security also started a probe.
This was not the first time Bertiz drew controversy.
Just last week, he drew flak for joking that a new batch of engineers will not get their licenses if they do not know Special Assistant to the President Bong Go.
Back in January 2017, the lawmaker also figured in a "shouting match" with migrant group leader Eman Villanueva in Hong Kong. The incident was caught on video that also went viral.
Villanueva of UNIFIL-Migrante claimed Bertiz came to their dialogue with labor officials uninvited. He said the lawmaker shouted at him when he politely told the official that he was eating up their time.
"I raised my hand to politely tell him sana na tapusin na niya ang sinasabi niya kasi ubos na oras namin sa dialogue. But he started raising his voice," he told ABS-CBN News.
"When I responded na masyado niyang inuubos ang time namin with Usec, sabi niya kami ang dahilan ba't siya nandoon at he is representing 10 million OFWs. Feeling entitled," he added.
(When I responded that he is eating up our time with the undersecretary, he said we were the reason he was there, and he was representing 10 million OFWs. He feels entitled.)
Bertiz earlier said in the press conference that he has reconciled with the Migrante leader but the group on Monday called for his removal from ACTS OFW party-list. --with a report from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News